Camden Whiddon was born without arms or legs, but the four-year-old did have plenty of determination. And with the cheers of his family ringing out all around him, he accomplished something that might have seemed impossible – until it actually happened.
Eighteen-year-old Texas resident Katie Whiddon found out that she was having a baby, and 18 weeks into her pregnancy, her doctor scanned her belly. The ultrasound revealed that her baby-to-be didn’t have arms or legs.
The doctor said that Katie’s unborn son had amelia-phocomelia, a condition that leaves a developing embryo without the usual number of limbs. As for Camden, he had tetra-amelia, which meant he had lost all four. In most cases, tetra-amelia is passed on by two parents who have the recessive gene who don’t have any outward indications that they’re carrying it.