When he was five, LeRoy (a pseudonym) fell out of a tree. His broken arm was badly set; gangrene set in. After three years in the hospital, LeRoy returned to school. "From the elbow down, LeRoy's forearm was smaller, discolored, thin," writes Ray Simmers-Wolpow. "A stub, three fingers, and a flap was his left hand." He could not read.