An 8-year-old boy who was born with severely deformed legs hasn’t let his disability get in the way of playing the game he loves. Gabe Davis, who was adopted from Ghana, gets behind the plate for his baseball team and keeps his eye on the ball, Fox 8 reported.
“I do get a little bit nervous,” Davis’ dad, whose name was not revealed, told the news outlet. “Just like I get nervous with all my boys when they play ball. You always want them to do good, you want them to represent their team.”
Davis, whose two older brothers play baseball, plays in a league for 7- and 8-year-olds where everyone gets five pitches.
“To see him actually get a base hit, it just melts my heart because I’ve seen how much time and energy he’s put into it,” his dad told Fox 8.
Davis has undergone 14 surgeries and gets a lift from one of his two older brothers on and off the field.
“Gabe is fantastic, he’s all about effort – 100 percent effort,” his coach, who was not identified, told Fox 8. “He’s a pleasure to be around, couldn’t ask for a better player or teammate.”
Davis, who has goals of reaching the Paralympics with either Team USA or Ghana, has also taught his family invaluable life lessons.
“He brings life to everything we do,” Summer Davis, his mom, told Fox 8. “He brings a whole new attitude to our family and a whole new sense of joy and a sense of fulfillment.”