It’s hard enough to learn to walk. But when you have lost your left leg and right foot, it’s near impossible. (Just don’t tell that to Kayden Kinckle, however).
2-year-old Kayden Kinckle has had to fight for survival from the moment he was born. Kayden had what is called an omphalocele, a birth defect in which some, if not all of the internal organs remain outside the body. Along with these life-threatening complications Kayden’s legs were also deformed in utero when the umbilical cord became wrapped around his lower limbs and trapped them under his mother’s pelvis. Doctors gave Kayden little to no chance of survival, and doctors recommended to his mother that she terminate the pregnancy. The doctors believed that—even if Kayden was born alive—he would never survive the reparative surgery needed to place his organs back inside his body. At only 2 years-old little Kayden has already undergone two abdominal surgeries and, in January, the toddler’s left leg and right foot were amputated.
However, on July 4th, Kayden proved that his mother’s belief in him was well-founded.
In a video posted on Facebook by his mom, Kayden can be seen taking his first steps on his new prosthetics. “I got it!” Kayden tells his mom and his therapist in the video. His steps may be unsteady but he is clearly determined. “I got it!” he repeats over and over. “I got it!”
According to his mom, this was Kayden’s first time walking on the prosthetics by himself.
Kayden’s family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for his medical bills. To donate, or for more information you can visit the campaign page here.