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Angus’ Story

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I Have A Hand Difference

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” align=”align_left” style=”double” accent_color=”#c1c1c1″][vc_column_text]I was born six weeks premature and my left hand hadn’t formed properly. I was also taken into intensive care, as I couldn’t breathe on my own. A couple of years later when I was two-years-old, I had a ten-hour operation to put one toe from each foot on to the two spots on my left hand that were missing fingers. For six weeks after my operation, I had to wear a cast on my arm and both legs. I had it on my legs because I wasn’t allowed to put pressure on my feet to protect them until they healed. I have also had other operations to make thumb longer and straighten my fingers.

When I was growing up I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do as much as other kids. But to my surprise, I could pretty much do anything if I put my mind to it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1404″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline” border_color=”pink”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1554188995747{margin-right: 0px !important;margin-left: 0px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

When I was growing up I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do as much as other kids. But to my surprise, I could pretty much do anything if I put my mind to it.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I was very determined so I learnt to tie my shoelaces, ride a bike and use a knife and fork properly. I’ve played in a basketball team, tennis competition and training perfectly fine. When I go on the monkey bars, I use my wrist instead of my left hand and can climb just as easily. Mum and Dad have encouraged me to try as many new things as possible.

I see myself as a person no different to anyone else. Even though my hand is the way it is, it doesn’t worry me or affect my self-esteem. Little kids are fascinated by how my hand ended up the way it did. I tell them that I was just born this way. I have never been teased about my hand and my friends and classmates have always accepted me for who I am.

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