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Differently-abled Toddler Fist Bumps & Falls Into Arms Of A Stranger Who's Missing A Limb, Just Like Him

Differently-abled Toddler Fist Bumps & Falls Into Arms Of A Stranger Who's Missing A Limb, Just Like Him

As Joseph grows up, the only hope that his parents have is for him never think that his limb difference is something that will hold him back.

One of the biggest comforts that a child with differences can get is to see somebody who is just like them. When this little boy met someone else who didn't have a limb just like him, his reaction was priceless.

Little Joseph Tidd was just a year old when he met 34-year old Amy Siesel. But even at such a young age, he could see that he finally met someone who was like him. "There was a special connection there, an understanding Joseph had that we were the same,” Amy said, according to ClickOrlando.com. The two of them met at a gathering by The Lucky Fin Project, which brings together people with limb differences.



 

Joseph has what's referred to as symbrachydactyly, which is a congenital abnormality. Because of this, his left arm and hand didn't see a full development while he was still in his mother's womb, according to StoryTrender. In situations like this, kids may grow up seeing other people with fully developed limbs and believe that it's the only 'normal' way to be. They feel alone in their circumstance until they finally see someone else who shares their differences and that makes a world of difference to the way they see themselves.

Amy, too, talked about how she felt alone with her limb differences as a child and that day was the first time she was around people who shared experiences similar to hers. Amy said, “I’ve searched and prayed for that my whole life.”

Seeing Joseph instantly warm up to her was a moment that really touched her. As she held her limb out for a fist bump, Joseph felt the connection and fell into her arms.

 



 

"When he started walking to me I melted into a million pieces, in that moment it was clear at his young age that him and I shared something," Amy said. "His arm and my arm were the same. It amazed me that at his age, it was visible that he understood what was going on.

The one thing that Amy hopes is for Joseph to grow up in a world where nobody makes him feel like he can't do what others can't. "I hope others can feel the love I felt in that moment,” Amy said. "I’m an entire generation apart from little Joseph. My hope is that he’ll grow up in a world that’s different from the one I grew up in because people will be more aware, more educated, more accepting and loving.”

Growing up was difficult for Amy because she was constantly made fun of and teased for her limb difference. Children wouldn't play with her and people told her that the circus was the place for her. The bullying was something that followed her into adulthood and she hopes that Joseph will never have to grow up ever feeling the way she did.

Since the day Joseph struck a connection with Amy, he's gone to meet other people just like him with the help of his parents. He's even shared a precious moment with Carson Pickett, a talented professional player who is part of Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League.



 

Watch them both see just how special they are.

 



 

He even got a chance to meet his hero, Shaquem Griffin, who is a Seattle Seahawks linebacker and former UCF Knight. And he shares limb differences just like Joseph.



 

As Joseph grows up, the only hope that his parents have is for him never think that his limb difference is something that will hold him back.

Joseph's mother, Colleen Tidd talked about her son, saying "I want the world to see that everyone is unique and that my son will be able to do everything.”

References:
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/orlando-video-going-viral-shows-boy-meeting-woman-with-limb-differencehttps://luckyfinproject.org/
http://www.storytrender.com/73970/one-year-old-hugs-and-fist-bumps-stranger-after-recognising-they-both-have-limb-differences-in-heart-melting-moment/
https://www.clickorlando.com/sports/1-year-old-with-limb-differences-meets-shaquem-griffin?fbclid=IwAR1u-aM9OIR6-Gqa8VDUVYNlK9qKDbjiWKE831S6MpGV5KGe6c1uyvsHuxo