South Carolina 6-year-old Brayden Dame was just 2 pounds when she was born with a severe joint disorder, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita.
The disorder caused her limbs to grow in a bent shape. It made her look a little different from other babies, according to her grandmother, Dawn Dame. She told WYFF:
“When she was born her little feet were wrapped up around and her little toes were by her ears. She was shaped like the letter ‘C.'”
Doctors told the family they may be better off amputating the girl’s limbs, but they bravely decided to take a chance. It’s been a difficult road for the little girl ever since.
With the help of a medical team at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, she’s had to fight to learn how to complete simple tasks like eating and playing.
Dawn wrote on GoFundMe:
I want her to learn that she doesn’t have to ask if she can play or go to the window to look out at the birds. It makes me sad every time she asks permission to do something that she should just be able to do.
But now, the little girl is doing better than ever. Brayden is up and walking on her own two feet after undergoing several corrective surgeries. Her grandmother told WYFF:
“This is a new stage in her life for her to be able to walk. A lot more independence.”
“Brayden amazes us and inspires us each day. She has figured out how to adapt and overcome many obstacles that most doctors thought she would never accomplish.”
The grandmother said that Brayden’s condition is “non-progressive,” which means, hopefully, she’ll only continue to improve. Watch WYFF’s coverage below: