A 10-year-old amputee who had his prosthetic legs customised with the face of his hero Eminem on them was stunned to be contacted by the American rapper – who spotted a photo of the youngster’s tribute on Twitter.
Determined Teejay Stainer was told he might never walk when he was born without a calf bone in his right leg and credits the lyrics of hip hop star Eminem, also known as Slim Shady, for making him feel brave enough to defy expectations.
He has been a fan of the singer – who famously sang the line: ‘will the real Slim Shady please stand up?’ – since he was two, when his parents Georgina and Richard Stainer would play it to help him sleep.
Now Teejay, who had his lower right leg amputated when he was 14 months old, is not only standing, but also walking, climbing trees and even playing basketball with the help of his bespoke prosthetics made in Portsmouth.
Teejay was just 14 months old when he had his lower right leg amputated in 2006.
He was fitted for a prosthesis at Portsmouth Enablement Centre in St Mary’s Community Health Campus, off Milton Road.
The prosthetics centre, which is part of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, recently offered the family the chance to customise Teejay’s legs with prints from his favourite T-shirts.
His proud parents used Facebook to upload a photo of Teejay holding up a sign, which read: ‘These are my Eminem legs I’ve had made. My wish is for Eminem to see them.’
The image was shared more than 20,000 times across social networks around the world.
And the schoolboy was amazed when a postal package arrived at his home in Andover, featuring a copy of Eminem’s Recovery album, which had been sent and personally signed by his favourite rapper.
The 42-year-old star wrote: ‘To Teejay, I saw your pic and read your message! Thanks for the support!’
Teejay said: ‘I was amazed when I saw the CD.
‘I just wanted to thank him for getting me through the difficult times and show him how dedicated I am. I think he sent me that album in particular because of the recovery that I’ve made.’
Mrs Stainer, 28, said: ‘Teejay’s so determined and if anyone tells him he can’t do something, he sets his sights on proving them wrong.’