CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Take a close look at 10-year-old Braiden Brown. He has two fingers on each hand.
On March 19, 2019, Braiden’s family say he was the victim of a horrific lawnmower accident in Lincolnton.
He was airlifted to Levine Children’s Hospital, underwent emergency surgery, and then spent nearly a month undergoing further surgeries, skin transplants and rehabilitation.
His grandmother, Martha Brown, his legal guardian, says he still suffers from PTSD and anxiety. He has his ring finger and little finger on his right hand; his thumb and index finger to the left. There is also a large scar on the inside of his left leg that goes down past his knee.
Braiden lives in Cherryville, Gaston County. He is now in 5th year at WB Beam Intermediate in Cherryville. Her younger sister Addyson is in grade 3 at Cherryville Elementary School.
âBraiden is our walking miracle,â said Aunt Lesley Hoffman. Lesley’s brother is Braiden’s father and Martha is their mother who raises Braiden and Addyson. “One of the most amazing things about him is something you might not expect: Braiden is learning to play the piano.”
Braiden’s piano teacher Zilla Aldridge said she had never seen anything like it. He has lessons on Tuesday.
âHe only has two fingers on each hand and is learning an instrument that most people with ten fingers have a hard time learning,â she said. âHe thinks he’s a rock star. We agree. We believe it is too.
Zilla says she’s proud of the way Braiden has adapted to hit the keys. She is amazed, she tells her family, as he is already starting to play the music that his 4th year is learning.
Braiden also figured out how to play PS4 video games and football with gloves his family had modified to fit.
“He is too young for useful prosthetics,” said his aunt Lesley. “So he figured out how to do everything with his ‘little hands’ as he calls them.”
This whole year of 2019 has not only been difficult for Braiden, it has also been difficult for his grandmother. Martha was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and had a lump removed in February. Then Braiden’s accident took place on March 19, 2020. Lesley says they ended up putting Martha’s recovery and healing on hold, to focus on Braiden and keep life normal for him and Addyson.
Braiden was nominated by a social worker at the hospital to be one of the Dream On 3 Dream Kids. He fulfilled a sporting dream by going to Boston to watch the New England Patriots.
Some more photos of Braiden below. He said he would send us a video of him playing … which he will post when received. (Send them out when you can – we’d love to watch and hear!)
Welcome to #MollysKids, Braiden. You are a walking example of going beyond and trying the unexpected.
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