“I’m just like the other kids. I’m just like them.” This is a quote from Timmy Bannon during an interview with Barcroft TV. Timmy, just like his mother, was born with no arms. Growing up, he has to learn how to perform regular task such as brushing his teeth using his feet. His mother, Linda, taught him how to accomplish most of these tasks. Timmy and Linda’s story has become an inspiring tale of overcoming struggles and obstacles.
Linda, 37, and her son Timmy, 11, were born with Holt-Oram syndrome. Holt-Oram syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes skeletal abnormalities of the upper limbs and heart problems. According to studies, only 1 out of 100,000 individuals is reported to be affected by this genetic disorder.
Apart from any possible heart issues, Linda is also concerned about Timmy’s future especially in regards to finding a companion that would help and guide him like the way her husband, Richard, does for her. Nonetheless, the couple are hopeful that Timmy will learn to live with this condition and will have a good life, just like her.
Moreover, Linda have never considered the lack of upper limbs as a hindrance to do regular tasks. In her interview with ABC news, she said, “I was always expected to do chores and participate with the family activities like all the other kids. I just had to adapt and learn how to use my feet how other people use their hands.”
She worked hard along side with her sibling who did not have the same conditions like her. She later received a degree in elementary education, started teaching kindergarten, and eventually married her husband Richard in 2004.
In 2005, Timmy was born but 8 days after his birth, he has to undergo open heart surgery and spend two months in the ICU. 11 years later, Timmy grew into an energetic and social boy that most kids refer as ‘Mr. President’ because of his outgoing and friendly nature.
Today, Linda has been taking business classes with the hopes that one day, she might be able to establish a non-profit organization that would help individuals and families who were born with Holt-Oram Syndrome just like her and Timmy.
After all they have gone through, Linda believes that “it really shows the power of the human spirit. A lot of people will see someone with such a severe physical condition and think, ‘How is it possible to do all the things they’ve done?’ It gives hope that even though they have challenges, as long as they have a positive attitude about it, then they’ll be able to conquer the same challenges.”
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