When Katie Whiddon from Texas discovered that her soon-to-be-born baby boy would have no arms and legs, she was devastated. But as he grew up, she realized that all her fears were for nothing.
It was during a routine ultrasound check in her 18th week of pregnancy that the doctor revealed to her that her baby was suffering from phocomelia syndrome and amelia. As a result, the child would be born without any limbs.
“When the doctor told me the news, I went immediately numb inside.
“While I was laying there, reality hit me right in the heart. I started balling my eyes out.
“My baby doesn’t have any legs, and only upper arms? MY baby? Things like this don’t happen to me! Things like this don’t happen to my family!,” Katie shared on her blog, Admirably Diverse.
However, she stuck with her pregnancy and delivered her baby boy, who was christened Camden. And as he grew, Katie realized that this was no ordinary child. For even though he had no limbs, Camden was so confident that he left all around him impressed.
“I know that most people look at Camden and think, poor child. But when he gets comfortable in his surroundings and starts doing things on his own, everyone always gathers around to watch!” Katie told MailOnline.
Camden, now 3 years old, has also become quite an internet sensation after Katie captured a video of him tending to his brother and uploaded it to her Facebook account. The video has garnered over 8 million views and more than 252,000 shares.
Another video showing him playing on the slide has garnered 14 million views and 230,000 shares.
One user commented: “Nothing will stop this kind hearted little boy reaching his goals, and the bond between him and his siblings will be unbreakable.”
The family also appeared with Camden on the Good Morning Britain show, much to the delight of its viewers.
Camden is what we can call the perfect example of determination. Neither is he ashamed of his disability nor does he think he is lesser than someone else because of it. As such, he certainly makes for a good role model for the numerous disabled people across the world.