A man who lost his artificial legs in an airline baggage mix-up last fall may soon walk again.

Since a Jan. 13 story about the plight of Roger D. Hughes Jr., four Times readers have volunteered to pay for new legs for Hughes, estimated to cost as much as $5,500. The offers came from officials at three artificial limb clinics, as well as a Norwalk shoe store owner, Hughes said.

Hughes, who lost his artificial legs while traveling on Aloha Airlines Nov. 16 in Hawaii, has been fitted for replacement limbs at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey. But Hughes, who lives on Social Security disability payments, said hospital officials have told him he must wait 10 weeks to see if Medi-Cal will pay for the limbs.

Hughes said he is trying to decide which offer of help to accept.

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