By Danny Baggott

THIS DARING 10-year-old lives as a double-amputee – but that hasn’t stopped him taking up KARATE and going skateboarding with his friends

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Videographer / director: Chris Sinclair
Producer: Kate Moore, Ruby Coote
Editor: Ethan Edwards

Cory Jr. had both of his legs amputated shortly after he was born with a rare condition, called Tibial Hemimelia, where the tibia bone is either small or absent.

In Cory’s case, his tibia bones were not fully developed in both legs and he was missing ankle joints. So doctors, along with his mom, Christy, decided amputation was the best course of treatment.

Whilst Cory does have prosthetics, he rarely uses them – opting to get around much quicker on his nubs.

Despite the inevitable hardship his condition has posed, Cory remains positive and active in life; taking karate classes, skateboarding with friends and even rock climbing.

Cory, who resides in Texas, told Truly: “I’m different because I was born with no legs.

“But I can keep up with other kids. I never feel like I’m slower than others.

“I believe I can do anything.

“Including karate. I like karate because it’s self-defence.

“I like to play with friends, skateboard, ride my hoverboard and play video games too.”

When Cory was born, Christy knew something was wrong with her son straight away.

She said: “Once Cory was delivered, they rushed him off to do X-rays.

“They sent us to a specialist in Dallas and they determined that the best route would be a double-amputation. His legs were like bent and he wasn’t able to stretch them out.

“I was scared because I didn’t know how he would respond to it all. I knew his family would always love him, but I didn’t know how the world would treat him or accept him.

“I was just so scared for him.”

But despite the initial concerns, Christy is very proud of how her son is getting on now.

“Day to day, Cory deals with it by just making his own adaptations,” she said.

“As soon as he sees something he wants to do, he just does it his way.

“He feels different ways, different days about his prosthetics. Some days he’ll wake up and be like, ‘Where my legs at?’.

“And then others, he’ll be like, ‘They slow me down, I just want to run fast’.

“I just want him to feel as comfortable as possible.”

Cory added: “They make it harder for me to move around and hurt me sometimes.

“I prefer to walk and crawl.”

And Christy has been amazed with just how active her son continues to be.

She said: “He’s a daredevil. He’s so active. When he had his first surgery, the biggest challenge was trying to keep him still.

“He loves to do flips, climb on stuff, do handstands - anything that requires moving a lot.

“He doesn’t find it difficult to keep up with anyone.

“He’s very confident and has taught me how to be more confident too.

“He’s taught me to be who I am, unapologetically.”

Cory added: “Nothing can stop me from doing what I want to do."