Christopher Newport student James Dennehy was born in India without arms and adopted by an American family in Ashland, Virginia. He’s adapted since birth to use his feet in place of his hands.
Summary: Adopted when he was 2, James Dennehy learned to take care of himself at an orphanage in Bangalore, India. After coming to the United States 19 years ago, his mom said, he never stopped teaching himself how to do the same things as every other kid on his block — but with his feet.
Dennehy was born without arms.
“I forget sometimes that I am disabled, and my friends do, too, because I just do everything they do, just with my feet,” Dennehy said. “I just kind of live my life. Even with a disability, it’s not going to stop me from doing anything.”
He throws a Frisbee, reaches for door handles, drives, writes, texts and even Snapchats with his feet.