Kid with one hand becomes Instagram star, captures hearts with his smile
Oakley Lynch from Reading in Berkshire, UK, is likely to be the youngest person to have more than 17,000 followers on photo-sharing platform Instagram.
The 14-month-old Lynch was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition in which his right arm failed to grow below a quarter of his forearm.
His claim to fame is his charm in front of the camera, which he often displays as he poses in different attires. His wardrobe reportedly has 40 pairs of shoes, 20 hats, 50 bibs, 20 jumpers, and over 50 t-shirts.
But more than the numerous boutiques that send him merchandise for modelling, his parents are happier for making other parents aware of “children that are born slightly different, aren’t any different at all”.
His parents told Metro that the encouraging comments received on his account will help him in the future if he ever feels any lack of confidence.
His father was quoted as saying, “The way he has adapted to life with one hand is just incredible, you wouldn't know any different. I'm confident that with what I've seen so far he's a very determined little boy and I don't think there's anything that will hold him back.”
Oakley’s parents knew about his condition after a scan into the 16-th week of pregnancy revealed his condition. .
Though shocked initially, they eventually overcame it and set up his Instagram account when he was just a few months old. And it proved to be an instant hit.