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  • 9 July 2014, 14:11

Boy Amputee Taking First Steps Says 'I Got It'

A little boy let out a cheery shout of "I got it" as he defied the odds and took his first steps despite having had his right foot and left leg amputated.

Kayden Elijah Kinckle is learning to walk with artificial limbs and a video posted online of his determined effort to successfully achieve his goal, has gone viral.

The two-year-old was born with omphalocele, a type of abdominal wall defect where the intestines, liver and sometimes other organs remain outside the body.

His mother, Nikki, said doctors had told her he would not survive, and suggested she terminate her pregnancy.

And she also found out while in the womb, Kayden had the umbilical cord wrapped around his feet, pinning them under her pelvic bone, causing a deformity.

But despite the warnings, Nikki continued with the pregnancy.

"God said everything would be alright," she said.

She gave birth early so the omphalocele would not be too severe. Kayden's spine and hip bones were fine, and there were no mental problems.

Nikki said: "So my husband and I stepped out on faith and though his right foot and left leg were amputated he now has prosthetics and is learning to walk.

Posting a video of his first steps, which has been viewed more than 280,000 times on YouTube, she said: "We celebrate his life as well and every step he takes will be to glorify God. We want the whole world to know his testimony.

"Thank you for all of your awesome responses, and my family is so happy that God used Kayden Elijah Knickle to encourage and inspire so many people."

The toddler's  family, in Englewood, New Jersey, are raising money to pay for additional physiotherapy, prosthetics and medical bills.

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