Teen, 14, Who Has No Use of His Arms Uses His Feet to Cook and Wrestle
Devin was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition that causes muscle stiffness and curved joints.
Devin McLane was born unable able to use his arms, but he hasn’t let that stop him from living life to the fullest.
The 14-year-old from Montana has learned to do amazing things using just his feet, including archery, wrestling and cooking.
“I don’t have any memories of me not using my feet,” Devin told InsideEdition.com.
He was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition that causes muscle stiffness and curved joints.
His mother, Michelle McLane, found out in her second trimester of pregnancy that her son would face challenges.
“[The doctor] said, 'I am pretty sure your child is going have this' and from there I started doing a little research,” McLane said. “I always knew mentally that I could handle no matter what challenges may come.”
Although McLane said she did go through changing emotions, she immediately began thinking of how she could help her son.
Initially she tried to get him to use his hands, but one day she had an epiphany that changed everything.
“He was a baby and we were sitting on the floor and it just dawned on me. I was like, ‘Here’s your feet,’” McLane said. “So I put his feet close enough to his face and I put the bottle and he naturally kind of closed his feet and from then on it was just a thing.”
Devin is part of the wrestling team at his school, a sport he’s come to love.
“I wrestle like all the other wrestlers. It just looks a little different because I can’t use my arms,” Devin said.
The teen also loves to cook with his mom and does so with his feet. He even cracks eggs.
“It’s been so much fun,” Devin said. “I love cooking. It’s really fun hanging out with my mom, cooking meals and then eating them together.”
McLane maintains that she knows it may not always be easy but she knows Devin can do anything he puts his mind to.
She encourages him to “have the biggest goals and dreams no matter what. … You can do anything and we’ll figure it out. It’s going be hard. We are going to cry and we’re going laugh but together some way, somehow, we’ll make it happen.”
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