Boy and soccer player with same missing limb meet with heart-warming arm-bump


One-year-old and 25-year-old Orlando Pride player Carson Pickett, who both have partially formed left arms, met recently at a home game.After hearing Joseph and his family cheer, Pickett jogged over to the family and repeatedly tapped her arm against his.

The boy squealed happily. He’d found a friend.Meeting others with the same congenital limb difference makes a world of difference, says mom Colleen Tidd.

The boy has also met Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin and Amy Alamillo Siesel, a member of Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit that celebrates people with limb differences.About 2,250 babies with limb defects are born in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children with arms or legs that failed to form completely during pregnancy may need help with daily tasks and sometimes feel self-conscious about their appearance.

But Colleen and Miles Tidd are trying to change that self-consciousness by reminding their son and others like him that they should take pride in who they are.“He might be unique, but he’s no different from anyone else,” his mom says. “He’s going to be able to accomplish it all.”

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