Video shows amputee toddler Kayden Kinckle take his first steps with new prosthetic legs
The video has helped his family raise thousands of dollars to pay for Kayden's medical costs
Inspirational footage showing a two-year-old amputee take his first steps with his new prosthetic legs has gone viral, and helped his family raise thousands of dollars towards his medical costs.
Kayden Elijah Kinckle, from the US state of New Jersey, cheerfully assures his mother Nikkie in the 2-minute video that he’s “got it” as he steadies himself with a child-sized walking frame.
Nikki explained on YouTube that her son was born with an omphalocele, a kind of hernia which caused some of his organs to remain outside his body.
In the womb, doctors also discovered that Nikki’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her son’s legs and feet, causing his legs to become deformed.
She claims that despite being advised by doctors and ultra-sound staff that Kayden’s chances of survival were slim, she continued with her pregnancy. But an early birth meant Kayden’s omphalocele was less severe than expected, and he was mentally healthy.
In January, the toddler's left leg and right left were amputated.
His mother, Nikki, posted the video on 4 July to raise awareness to her son’s condition, and encourage people to donate to the family’s GoFundMe page.
After Michael Vick, an American football quarterback for the New York Jets, shared the video on his Facebook page, the video has been viewed over 300,000 times.
Kayden’s family has so far raised $34,710, according to the webpage entitled ‘Help for Medical Expenses!’, which has been shared online over 1,500 times.
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