Peter Mayhew “Chewbacca” is having both knees replaced in hopes of rising to his full height of 7’3″
New York, New York, August 29, 2013 – Peter Mayhew, the man who brought to life one of Hollywoods favorite sidekicks, ‘Chewbacca’, is having a unique procedure done to restore his ability to walk. He would like to tell his story in a documentary covering the complex surgery he will undergo and the path to recovery he will follow. Ultimately we endeavor to get our favorite Wookiee to walk again. Funding for this project is being solicited on Kickstarter.com as “Standing in the Stars –The Peter Mayhew Story.”
Peter who is 7’3” was born with a condition called Giantism. Although it helped to get him his renowned role in the Star Wars movies, it has resulted, over the years, in catastrophic damage to his knees. Peter, who is a popular celebrity at Star Wars and Scifi conventions worldwide, has had to attend them over the past few years in a wheelchair. His knees will no longer support him and cause him excruciating pain daily, but there is hope.
His Doctors have gone through a number of revisions in order to build a pair of specially constructed prosthetic knees. Peter’s knees are over twice the size of a normal knee and require specially made prosthetics. In September he will endure four surgeries in one day, a complex double knee replacement and dual tendon lengthening.
W. Ryan Ziegler, the director of the documentary explained, “ We will be filming Peter at his last convention before the surgery, interviewing him and his celebrity friends from the Star Wars circuit. It will detail Peter’s life and struggles as a giant, at home and in the entertainment world. We will cover the surgeries and follow him through the two months of rehabilitation. Finally, we will film Peter celebrating his recovery with family, friends and fans as the most famous Wookiee walks tall again.”Money from the Kickstarter project will fund the documentary and help with offseting medical costs.
Lets help get a Wookiee to walk again!
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