Daily Buzz: Quadruple amputee inspires both on and off the soccer field
An infection led to the amputation of all four of his limbs, but Jorge Dyksen has never been one to let his physical challenges slow him down.
Jorge Dyksen is a starting forward on his high school's JV soccer team.
By Sam Gardner
Jorge Dyksen is a starting forward for the JV soccer team at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, NJ, and though he may never be a star, Dyksen is both a leader and an inspiration to the other players on the Falcons' roster.
That's because Dyksen, who came to the US from Panama at 16 months old, is a quadruple amputee who plays the game without the use of his arms — not necessarily a bad thing in the game of soccer — and on a set of prosthetic legs.
An infection at just 14 months old led to the amputation of all four of Dyksen's limbs, but Dyksen, who came to the US through a program called Healing the Children New Jersey, has never been one to let his physical challenges slow him down:
"I would tell (people) never give up, because I don't give up on things," Dyksen told Incredible Features in the video above. "I have no hands and feet, and I still do things without them, and people should know that they shouldn't give up, either."
After living with host parents Faye and John Dyksen for more than a decade, Jorge was officially adopted in 2009 and became a US citizen last May, according to NorthJersey.com.
Playing soccer hasn't always been as simple as Dyksen would like — John Dyksen joked that when he was younger, Jorge's legs would often fly off and travel farther than the ball when he kicked it — but his tenacity in the face of his physical impairments isn't lost on his teammates.
Said Dyksen's coach Daniel Sanchez: "It just makes everyone else try that much harder."