Camden, a three-year-old, shows the world that he doesn’t let his disability get in the way by doing what other kids do. The sweet moment captures Camden successfully climbing the steps of the slide and launching himself down. It has gone viral since it was posted on Facebook.
Amden was born with Amelia-phocomelia syndrome and Amelia, which is classified as a lethal form of a DeFeo condition. He has no arms or legs. But that won’t stop him from helping his little brother, who just wants to be pacified!
In a collaboration video with 22-year-old mother Katie Whiddon, he plays with her daughter Ryleigh and a companion friend Karen Whiddon.
Karen can be heard saying, “These girls are on the slide, look at them go!” While Camden aims to climb the four steps, she praises him for being “strong” and asks, “Can you do it, baby?” to which he defiantly replies, “Yes!” The three-year-old boy seems delighted with his achievement as he slides down himself.
In the video that has had 13 million views since it was uploaded just two weeks ago, Karen says, “Yes, he can do it all by himself and doesn’t want any help. When she asks him if he wants some help, he says ‘no!’. With a delighted face as he slips down the slide and his mother catches him. This is an everyday thing for us, but I thought our friends and family would like to see it.”
Katie first found out she was pregnant at 18 years old in 2013. She said she didn’t drink or do drugs, ate healthy, and didn’t tell anyone. She experienced birth defects during her ultrasound at 18 weeks, and the struggle continued throughout the decade. But the boy has surprised everyone and is now thriving and continues to impress everyone. She wrote, “I know most people look at Caden and think, poor girl. But when he feels comfortable in his surroundings and starts doing things on his own, everyone always gathers to watch! The young woman shares inspiring updates about Camden’s struggles to overcome his disabilities on her blog.”