Children born with disabilities face significant disadvantages, but the worst is when their mindset holds them back in life. Some children push themselves and achieve heights that would be difficult even for abled people.
Sarah Johnson is an example. This New York teen was born with Erb’s palsy. Her right arm is mostly paralyzed. She has learned how to pitch and field with her left hand, using the right only to hold the glove during the pitch.
In 2016, she finished with a 0.927 fielding percentage. Sarah has been training to be a softball pitcher since the age of eight and has achieved two straight 100-strikeout seasons on the varsity team. She hopes to be able to play softball in college.
Erb’s palsy is a condition that happens during birth when the nerves between the arm and the brain are damaged. This is often due to stretching them too far. Sometimes this stretching is caused by doctors who pull too hard on the baby to free it from the mother.
While many cases do clear up in infancy, sometimes the damage is permanent. Children may face many surgeries to regain even a little mobility.
We want to commend Sarah Johnson for her achievements in athletics and hope she has an excellent college softball career.