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Spotsylvania boy has part of his right leg amputated but is on the road to recovery

 Chris Johann helps Jeremy Klingbeil work on his balance and strength during a physical therapy session. The 10-year-old, who lost part of his right leg in an accident this summer, was recently fitted with a prosthetic.
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Date published: 12/28/2012

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More than a month ago, Jeremy told The Free Lance-Star that he used to run all the time and bounce on a trampoline in his backyard. Those things were really hard now, he said at the time.

But last week he talked about playing two-hand touch football during recess. He said he successfully landed a front flip on his trampoline and is working on the back flip.

"He's at now where I was hoping he'd be in a year," Rick Klingbeil said. "I think he surprises himself sometimes."

He plans to play flag football this spring, then Parks and Recreation football in the fall. And he wants to play in middle school, high school and college.

"I want to be on the Redskins team," Jeremy said. The Washington Redskins.

"All it takes is hard work, a little bit of talent," his dad responded. "You can do whatever you want."

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com


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