Many birth traumas have life-long effects. That’s why it’s so important to seek compensation if someone is at fault for them. But some birth traumas can be compensated for in other ways. There are athletes who have achieved high levels of success despite dealing with conditions like Erb’s Palsy
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The Bristol Post reported on a boxer who won a super-light weight title despite being born with Erb’s Palsy. Joe Hughes won the European title on a split-point decision.
The boxer fights with one arm shorter than the other due to his condition, but he conquered his opponent, Andrea Scarpa, in the match. A year ago, he tried for the same title but failed.
Hughes reported relief at winning the title. He said: “I feel some fulfillment now. I have achieved something big. I was beginning to have doubts this would happen. To win this is a real achievement. I could stop now and feel happy and content.”
He doesn’t know where he wants to go from here. He could try for the world title or try to unify the title he has with the British one. Hughes believes he has four or five fights left in his career before he hangs up his gloves.
But now that he’s the title-holder, he gets to choose his next opponent.