Vista boy undergoing leg amputation gets heartwarming send-off

VISTA, Calif. - A Vista boy who was scheduled to have his leg amputated Thursday as part of his battle with a rare disease was surprised this morning with a heartwarming show of support and a motorcade escort from dozens of veterans.

Andrew Seelhoff, a student at Tri-City Christian School, suffers from vascular malformation in his right leg. He has spent much of the last seven years in a wheelchair in constant pain. In April, he announced to his classmates that he would be having his leg amputated.

The operation was set for today, and a little after 5 a.m., about 100 American Legion riders showed up at Tri-City Christian, along with some students and teachers, as a show of support for Seelhoff. After praying with him, the American Legion riders escorted him to Rady Children's Hospital, where he underwent the surgery.

As of noon, Seelhoff was out of surgery and is expected to remain in the hospital for at least the next four days.

Following the surgery, Seelhoff with receive a prosthetic leg.

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