NEW JERSEY - Kayden Knickle's short life has been a difficult one. The two-year-old New Jersey boy was born with omhalocele, a defect in the abdominal wall that leaves some organs outside the body.
He also had part of the umbilical cord wrap around his legs, causing them to be pinned under his mother's pelvic bone and be deformed. Doctors warned Kayden wouldn't walk and would have long-term medical problems.
Kayden's mother, Nikki Kinko, was advised by doctors to terminate the pregnancy. The ultrasound technicians said Kayden would likely be stillborn or would not survive the surgical procedures he would need. Nikki refused their advice.
Kayden was born early, but his mother says the omhalocele was not as bad as predicted. The little boy had two abdominal surgeries to address that issue. Then in January, he had his deformed right foot and left leg amputated.
Recently, Kayden was fitted with prosthetic legs and with the help of a walker took he took his first steps. The video was filmed and posted on YouTube on July 4. It went viral after NFL quarterback Michael Vick posted the video on his Facebook page.
Nikki says she is trying to raise $50,000 to give her son receive extra physical therapy visits, braces and more prosthetics, and to pay off Kayden's outstanding medical bills. She writes any amount of money people donate will help allow her boy have a normal life.
The family is collecting donations on a page set up on the GoFundMe website . In the past day, an additional $20,000 has been raised since news of Kayden's story has spread.
You can watch the video of Kayden walking below or at youtu.be/nrGsdrW8HlE .