Erb’s palsy isn’t slowing down one young boy in Tennessee from becoming an important member of his school’s baseball team. He’s playing second base despite having no ability to use his left arm. The Commercial Appeal has the story.
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The condition is caused when nerves that control the shoulder and upper extremities are damaged during birth. The young boy had a difficult birth. According to his mother, he was stuck in the birth canal and had both arms damaged. Luckily, the nerves for the right arm were able to heal. But the ones for the left arm are still dysfunctional.
But that hasn’t stopped the boy from participating in athletics at Catholic Middle School. He has created his own unorthodox way of catching, pitching, and throwing with just one arm. In fact, he leads the team in quality at-bats.
“It makes me feel good, knowing that I can help the team or still make a great play,” said the boy to reporters. “I just keep trying and practicing harder. I feel like I’m more than equal to my teammates. Because I keep trying.”
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People with serious disabilities have been able to make it to the professional level in baseball. Jim Abbott played for a decade with no right hand and pitched a no-hitter, and Peter Gray played without a right arm in the 1940s. With his level of determination, Erb’s palsy isn’t going to slow down his success.