18-month-old Joseph Tidd who was born without his left hand 'fist-bumped' his limb with football star Carson Pickett who suffers from the same condition
Symbrachydactyly is caused by bones in the hand not forming correctly before birth. It is likely caused by a lack of blood flow to the tissue. Symbrachydactyly is not inherited (it cannot be passed down through a family), but it is linked with some genetic syndromes. Little Joseph Tidd was born with Symbrachydactyly. This congenital abnormality resulted in his left hand failing to grow while he was in the womb. He shares this medical condition with 26-year-old soccer star Carson Pickett, who plays with Orlando Pride which competes in the National Women's Soccer League, as well as for Brisbane Roar in Australia’s W-League.
Joseph and Carson bumped their respective undeveloped fists in a friendly interaction following Orlando Pride’s 1-0 win over Sky Blue FC on Monday morning. This isn't their first time interacting though. Joseph has been taken to Orlando Pride's previous matches where he met Pickett and got to spend some time with her. But the photo that Joseph's family took on Monday was simply heartwarming to the core. Joseph's father Miles spoke to Fox News saying that, "Carson knelt down next to Joseph and showed him her arm. It was this instant bond we can't begin to understand. Carson believes she can do anything, and that is the mindset we want Joseph to have as well.". "He kind of sees those who look like him and I think he relates to them,” Joseph’s father Miles said, of his son.
PICTURE OF THE DECADE!!!!!!— Bing Pringle (@BingPringle) July 23, 2019
Pickett was absolutely delighted to meet little Joseph again and expressed her excitement on their re-union. "Soccer means the world to me, but the platform that soccer provides me for things like this takes the cake. Joseph, you’re my new hero for life. When I was growing up, I was never allowed to say the word "can't" or "no" and back down to a challenge... it was like a cuss word in my house"' she said. The arm bump happened when Pickett, 25, jogged over to Joseph's family after hearing them cheer at the home game. "Honestly the best part of the photo is that it was so real and wasn't planned," Pickett said. "It was the true pure reaction we both had."
HEARTWARMING! A photo showing Orlando Pride player Carson Pickett with a fan has gone viral for the special bond the two share: they were both born missing part of their left arm. ❤— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) July 22, 2019
(Photo credit: tiddbit_outta_hand/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/hRqv7EeoDv
She went on to express how she got through all the struggles in her life so far. "I think that drove me to never give up and never quit, just because I knew I would let myself down as well as my parents, and family is everything to me. I just think it's a privilege and it's an honor. I think those are the two best words I can say," she said. "It feels good to be able to make a positive impact on people's lives, and to be honest, I probably don't know half of the stories and half of the people I'm impacting," she added, with regards to her interaction with the Tidds.
Orlando Pride soccer player Carson Pickett was captured bumping elbows with 2-year-old fan Joseph Tidd in a photo that has now gone viral; Pickett calls the young boy a role model because he understands her in a way that others don't. https://t.co/fVoBqk4ng1 pic.twitter.com/Vd6pv2bz0Y— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 24, 2019
In babies with symbrachydactyly, the fingers (and sometimes the hand and arm) don't fully form during this time. This may happen because the area doesn't get enough blood flow or because of some other problem with the tissue. It's not caused by anything the mother did or did not do while she was pregnant. Most cases show that the first three months in pregnancy are when most birth defects occur because that is when the organs of the fetus are beginning to form.
Symbrachydactyly occurs in approximately 1 out of every 32,000 births. Most frequently, only one hand is affected. The majority of cases of symbrachydactyly are diagnosed at or shortly after birth. It is often confused with a hand disorder called constriction ring syndrome. About 2250 babies with limb defects are born in the United States each year, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.