Hunter Woodhall is a terrific example of a Shriners Hospitals for Children patient making the most of the expert care he’s received and reaching well beyond the limits of his condition.
At just 17-years-old, Hunter earned two medals competing as the youngest double amputee on the U.S. Paralympic track team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hunter came in second, winning the silver medal in the men's 200m race, and third in the 400m, claiming the bronze medal. All this for a young man that doctors said would never walk!
Hunter – born with fibular hemimelia, a shortening or absence of the fibula in the lower leg – has been a Shriners Hospitals for Children patient since he was a baby. The Woodhalls, wanting to give their son the best chance of walking, turned to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa because of their pediatric orthopaedic expertise.
When Hunter was just 11 months of age, the Woodhalls made the difficult decision to have his feet amputated, following consultation with the Tampa Shriners Hospital orthopaedic team. Following surgery, Hunter was fitted with two prosthetic legs and quickly began to not only walk, but also run and eventually play sports with his two older brothers.
The Woodhalls now live in Syracuse, Utah where Hunter is a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City.
Hunter is a straight A student and an accomplished athlete who has participated in basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, snow skiing, swimming and roller blading alongside, nondisabled athletes. His specialty is running track, which he does expertly on running blades provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children.
In November 2015 Hunter competed in his first international competition – the Paralympic World Championships, in Doha, Qatar. Hunter placed third in the men’s 200m and second in the men’s 400m. In the recent Utah State Track and Field Championships, Hunter placed first in the men’s 400m.
Hunter has also served as a national patient ambassador, representing Shriners Hospitals for Children at events throughout the year and sharing his patient success story, to inspire both children and adults throughout the country.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children family is proud to cheer on Hunter. We know that there is no limit to what this young man can accomplish.