A baby born in Brazil without any limbs was deserted by his birth mom when she feared she couldn't properly look after him. Gabe Adams was placed in an orphanage, but his story got the attention of Janelle Adams, a Utah mom of 13 kids. When she saw his photo in a grocery store, she said to herself: "I 'd take him in a second." He was born with Hanhart syndrome, a congenital defect that causes malformed arms and legs, and his biological mother didn't think she'd be able to care for him.
The Adams, who have 13 biological children of their own, went to Brazil to retrieve him and bring him back to Kaysville, Utah, shortly after he was born. The family eventually embraced Gabe.
One employee at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah spoke of the very first time he came across Gabe rolling down the hallway,
"I thought someone dropped a football! I went to grab it up ... and it was Gabe!"
Gabe went on to live a fantastic life with his forever family and, regardless of his special needs, does lots of things you would not anticipate of somebody with his limitations.
Janelle informed People publication of her preliminary concerns, keeping in mind: "I kept questioning,' How would I feed him? How would I dress him? How would we teach him to stroll?', "adding," It felt right. Bringing him to Utah with us was just something we were supposed to do."
Gabe noted in an article he composed for the Huffington Post in 2010 that his parents' assistance helped him be successful at everything. Being independent and able to eat, compose, walk up stairs, swim, and leap off the diving board. He noted: "They helped me see myself as a typical boy who might find independence. I just required a different technique to accomplish things."
While it took Gabe a year to figure out how to stroll, he ultimately became more comfortable doing that rather than using a wheelchair. He also figured out how to use a pencil or fork - with his neck, shoulder, and chin!
And naturally, he figured out how to dance.
"I've just always wanted to be something more than the kid in the wheelchair," Gabe, now 17, who made the dance team as a sophomore along with 28 girls last spring, tells PEOPLE. "I feel a freedom whenever I dance. Nothing else comes close to it."
His dance instructor, Kim King, informed Individuals that he's like other teenagers with "the same hopes, desires and dreams" and that "He's articulate and develop and has actually never wanted to be viewed as the boy with constraints."
He discussed in the Huffington Post article what the thrill of his very first time leaping off a diving board seemed like, saying that the applause was "a sound that advised me it was no ordinary job I had accomplished. It was the sound of getting my independence."
Get you a boy who will dive for anything. ðŸŠðŸ½ pic.twitter.com/GchpjNb3Pe— Gabe Adams (@no_limbs) September 14, 2017
As a member of the dance group, Gabe gives it his all, a skill he taught himself when he was 12-years-old. He can spin, flip, and even break dance.
Among the many people who commented on Gabe's dance skills on social networks were those who were beyond satisfied with his talent, with notes such as: "Amazing. Congratulations to him and to his high school dance team" and "Watch this and do not ever say you can't do something!"
Another commenter said: "Wow! God bless him. This country needs more kids ready to work hard to beat the chances. Absolutely nothing but appreciation for this boy."