It was her sheer will that drove Mel Reis not to see her limb amputation as a negative fact but as a chance. And it was her passionate determination to get back to dance, as she used to before the car crash that crushed her leg when she was a teenager. What question she has to answer the most and how she would like to help others, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Mel Reis Age: 33 City: São Paulo, Brazil Occupation:dancer and designer Impairment: amputation below the knee (transtibial)
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Mel Reis: My dream today is to have a company of stylish prostheses for sale and rental to low-income customers.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Mel Reis: No doubt: Amy Purdy (American actress, model, world-class snowboarder and 2014 Paralympics bronze medalist)
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled in your country. What would you do first?
Mel Reis: First I would fight for a country where high quality prosthetic equipment is accessible.
After her limb was amputated in 2014, it was her dream to be a ballerina again. With her custom made prosthetic pointe foot Mel Reis is now able to do what is her passion.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Mel Reis: In 2018 I'd be starring in a children's musical, called "Nos caminhos que devo andar." (On paths that must be walked)
I would like to be ...
Mel Reis: ...an ambassador for Ottobock and Össur.
Which question would you like to get answered?
Mel Reis: The question I have to answer the most is always: How can you dance with the prosthesis?
What else I wanted to say...
Mel Reis: I would like to give my support and strength to all those who feel desperate and weak. My walk is an example of how to overcome obstacles. And I hope, that everyone is inspired to dream and obtain strength through my will of life!
What makes other people actually happy in life? If you ever wondered, you have come to the right place. In regular intervals REHACARE.com asks a varity of people always the same questions. What results from that? Read for yourself!