Cousins reunite prosthetic leg with owner thanks to power of social media: 'Anyone missing a leg?'

Two women shared a photo of a prosthetic leg they found at a Florida beach, within seven hours, the rightful owner had been found. (Photo: Facebook)

Two cousins who found a prosthetic leg on the beach in Florida were able to track down its rightful owner, thanks to social media.

Farra Bata and Amanda Taylor said they initially thought they spotted a stingray in the water at the beach in Panama City Beach, Florida. However, it turned out to be a person's prosthesis. The two women took to Facebook in hopes of returning the leg to its rightful owner.

Bata shared a post on the I Love Panama City Beach Facebook page on Monday, writing, "Soooooo super random question.....anyone missing a leg?"

Bata also sent the serial number to the leg’s manufacturer in hopes of tracking down the owner and then turned the leg in to the Panama City Beach Police for safekeeping, the Panama City News-Herald reported. 

The post quickly gained traction and, eventually, it came across the newsfeed of someone who could help.

"[The post] somehow got shared so much that the girl that the leg belongs to ... her mother, who's in Arkansas, found it, found the post, and knew that it belonged to her daughter," Bata said.

The owner of the prosthetic leg's mother reached out to Bata, writing, "The leg you found belongs to my 22-year-old daughter... She called me earlier today and said that she was swimming in the ocean and a wave knocked her down... She said that it just pulled her leg off, and the wave swept it away."

The mother called the Panama City Beach Police Department to find out where the leg was turned in, and are working to get reunited with the prosthesis, the News-Herald reported.

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