A little boy with no legs has been granted his dream of playing baseball — and his perseverance is absolutely incredible.
Gabe Davis, 8, from Berea, Ohio, was born in Africa with a severe deformity that has forced him to go through 14 grueling surgeries during his short life. But that hasn’t stopped him from working hard to accomplish his goals.
Summer Davis recalled in an interview with WJW-TV how her family adopted Gabe and brought him to live with them in the U.S. after she saw a picture of the boy.
“The first time I saw his picture, I knew he was my child,” she told the outlet.
Despite facing a difficult disability, Gabe is incredibly active and plays baseball just like his brothers. He catches, goes up to bat and makes his way around the bases, showcasing his inspirational drive and abilities.
Watch Gabe in action below:
Adding to the astounding story is the fact that one of Gabe’s brothers volunteers his time to help carry him on and off the baseball field, with coaches and others praising Gabe for his drive for success.
“He brings life to everything we do,” Summer Davis told WJW-TV. “And a whole new sense of joy and a sense of fulfillment.”
Gabe caught media attention earlier this summer after throwing out a pitch for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a minor-leage baseball team in South Carolina. He took a bow and received a standing ovation after fearlessly tossing to a Pelicans player on the field.
Video of that pitch went viral:
— Dan Fanning (@DanFanningWMBF) June 23, 2017
“He’s been working for three years to learn how to throw, so that’s a big thing for him,” Davis’ dad, Ryan, told The Sun News at the time. “When you learn how to throw and catch, you can play on a typical team.”