"Hailey (@haileys_hand) was born in 2010 with a hand with a small palm, small thumb, small pinky, and missing 3 middle fingers. It looked like the hang loose or "shaka" sign from Hawaii. While in the hospital, the photographer came by to take Hailey's newborn photos and this was the defining moment for me, as her Mom. It was her first official photo and I did something that made me feel guilty. I covered her hand for the photo. I felt so guilty about it. After that day, I told myself that I would never cover her hand ever again and that we would raise her to never be ashamed of her hand, to be proud, and to be independent. We never looked back from that day on. A week later we found out that Hailey has Poland Syndrome and that there wasn't anything I could've done to have caused it. It wasn't hereditary and it just happened. She is missing her pectoral muscle on her right side as well as the limb difference in her hand.
For the first few years of her life, Hailey, adapted and did what every other kid could do. We taught her to try before she asked for help. We taught her to be proud of who she is and it amazed us as she explained what she had to other kids. Hailey got her first "Flexy Hand 2" in 2014. It was absolutely amazing. She threw out the first pitch for the UNLV Rebel baseball team in 2015. That grew into a bigger dream for Hailey since her big brother plays baseball and our family loved the Baltimore Orioles. She asked to throw out the first pitch for the Orioles. That dream came to fruition in 2015. She has no fear. She goes through her day tackling every task and challenge that comes her way. Our little Hailey inspires us every day. This year she wants to dance Hula. This year, she's hoping to throw out a first pitch for another major league team. She loves doing it. Most people would be nervous to walk in front of thousands of baseball fans but not our little girl, she loves it." #yoocandoanything #yoocan #unlv #unlvengineering #robotichand #luckyfin #luckyfinproject #3d #3dprinting #polandsyndrome #haileyshand #flexyhand2 #inspiration #motivation #limbdifference