Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn’t Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life…

Five-year-old Bowen Toomey was born without arms or legs in Serbia — the reasons that caused his physical disability are not clear. The boy was adopted by Devon Toomey from Eagle, Iowa, when he was 18 months old and has been doing everything other kids his age do: going to kindergarten, bouncing on trampolines and even swimming. Devon says:

He does everything any other kid does, he just finds his way to do it. So if they’re riding their skateboard, he rides his skateboard. He already knows how to get on it, and push himself down the driveway.

Mrs. Toomey is a former special education teacher and had physical therapists help Bowen to learn how to use a wheelchair and prosthetics, which she says has been particularly difficult:

It’s not the same as if someone had limbs removed through surgery. When you’re born as an amputee, your muscles don’t know how to walk.

Mrs. Toomey has been documenting Bowen’s story on her blog since she first saw him in 2009. She says she wants to help others realize that special needs adoption “isn’t something to be feared”, that they can be adopted and taught to “thrive just like any other child”.

1. Five-year-old Bowen Toomey, who was born without arms or legs, poses for a photo on his first day of kindergarten.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

2. Devon Toomey adopted Bowen from a Serbian orphanage in 2010.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

3. Bowen uses a special band to help with activities such as drawing.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

4. Bowen floats in a pool while spending time with his father, Jeremy Toomey.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

5. Bowen’s older sibling, eight-year-old Heath, looks out for him at school.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

6. Proud parents: ‘I just knew he was our son when I saw him,’ Mrs. Toomey said of Bowen, pictured with Jeremy.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

7. Bowen, who was born in Belgrade, was 18 month old when the Toomeys adopted him.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

8. ‘Water is the one place he really doesnΓÇÖt have limitations,’ Bowen’s mother said.

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

9. Mrs. Toomey wants to show people that special needs adoption ‘isn’t something to be feared’

Born Without Arms And Legs, Five-Year-Old Bowen Doesn't Let His Disability Stand In The Way Of Enjoying Life...

Sources: Today.com, One Stitch at a Time, 7’s Hero: Bringing Home Bowen, The Mail Online.

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