Jamoi Anderson: I Am Not Done
How West Park Helped Jamoi Get Back to His Active Life
In 2008, a severe viral infection had put Jamoi Anderson in hospital and in a 26-day coma. While saving his life, the treatment left the athletic 23-year-old with gangrene in his left foot.
Before he made the difficult decision to have his leg amputated below the knee, Jamoi visited the Amputee Rehabilitation Unit at West Park to learn about the therapy he would be offered and the prosthesis they could make for him. He heard a message of optimism. After months of pain and immobility, he could move forward.
“I was admitted to West Park where things got good for me,” Jamoi says.
“My goal was to do what I was doing before,” says Jamoi. His new team at West Park embraced the goal and helped get him there.
“There’s nothing I can’t do now that I could do before amputation. I rock climb, I ski, I play basketball with able-bodied people.”
While at West Park, Jamoi met a member of the Men’s National Sitting Volleyball Team who urged him to try the challenging sport. He started playing a couple of years later and, in 2012, joined the national team. They competed in the 2015 and 2019 Parapan Am Games, winning two bronze medals.