Parents Katie Whiddon and Cole Greene were emotional as they watched their 4-year-old son learn how to walk for the first time. It was a sweet moment that was a fulfilment of their dreams.
He is already 4 years old but because he was born with no arms and legs, Camden couldn’t walk like regular people do.
He was born with a condition called amelia-phocomelia which prevented the proper development of his limbs while he was still in the womb. Katie and Cole learned about it during the 18-week scan.
The news was devastating for the couple, with Katie fearing that their child would be a ‘vegetable’ and wouldn’t be able to do anything. But Camden was a strong kid. Despite being born with defects, he didn’t let his disability dictate his life.
“When he was around 2 months old, I had him laying on my bed… I saw him out the corner of my eye and he was hitting the toys with his arms. I started to cry, I was just so happy and that confirmed that he was gonna be able to do things,” Katie revealed.
This would just be the start. As Camden grew older, they would soon realize that he has a zest for life and was mostly a positive kid. Still, they wished he would eventually learn how to walk and move around on his own, just like motivational speaker Nick Vujicic who was also born with the same condition as Camden.
Sure enough, as Camden turned 4, he would greatly improve and was soon able to ‘walk’ for the first time. While his ‘walk’ is not like regular people with two legs, he was able to slid across the floor as best as he could while his parents turned emotional as they watched this incredible new feat.
His sister Ryleigh was also very supportive, cheering her brother on and jumping up with joy after seeing him ‘walk’ for the first time.
Katie said, “We started crying, we were so proud. I didn’t know when that day would come. I didn’t think he was ready for it yet and I was just so shocked and happy. It was so exciting and Ryleigh was over there jumping, excited.”
She believes that just like Nick, her son would become a motivational speaker in the future. She hopes that by providing him a loving environment as well as exposure, he will eventually become ready to speak about himself at a venue where people would listen.