Erb’s Palsy affects around 1-2 babies out of 1000. In minor cases, it causes slight motor issues. In severe cases, it can cause the loss of a limb or even death. Yet even in serious cases, Erb’s Palsy doesn’t have to stop children from achieving high goals, as one young man has.
Delmarva Now reports on Kieth Flagg, a senior with Erb’s Palsy who just qualified for the state track meet. He was able to achieve this despite having to endure four body casts as a child.
Despite this unusual childhood, he never saw himself as anything but normal.
“I didn’t have a care in the world,” Keith Flagg said. “I was a kid — I didn’t know I was any different. Every once in a while, my mom would tell me I had an injury, but I just didn’t know. I would still go outside and play and nothing really felt any different.”
After trying different sports growing up, he found that using his legs was the best choice. Erb’s Palsy doesn’t affect the legs, so he put his all into track. Now he’s getting ready to go to the state competition.
He’s also racked up an impressive number of other achievements, including playing trombone, maintaining perfect grades, and others. You can read his full story at the link.
We wish Kieth all the success at the track meet!