Matthew Mitchell sits for a picture in his room wearing his prosthetic arm. Although the arm is intended to aid in completing everyday tasks his mom Lori Mitchell describes it more as a hinderance for the 11-year-old.
While Matthew was developing in the womb, a thin strand of tissue wrapped so tightly around his arm that the limb failed to fully form, a condition called amniotic band syndrome that may contribute to 2 percent of all miscarriages. Since he was a baby, he has had to find ways to adapt to life with only a left hand. That has done little to hold him back.