After an very difficult situation, this teen got a boost of confidence thanks to a little theater magic.
The teen, Maddie, and her mother, Linda, were in a bad car accident that fractured the young girl’s spine. She required surgery and was confined to a medical brace for months. As Maddie recovered, she grew tired of wearing the brace. That is, until a friend of the family transformed the large, white brace into steampunk cosplay.
Sarah, who is a member of the same theater group as Linda and Maddie, used her set-design skills to make the brace look like armor. With her brace painted and appliquéd, Maddie looks as strong as she feels now.
Linda shared Maddie’s story on the Facebook page of Epbot, a site that celebrates female geekery. She later told Epbot that doctors have given “the thumbs-up” for Maddie to go without the brace a few hours a day. Though, with a brace that awesome, we wouldn’t blame her for wearing it more.