Two-year-old Texas Girl Who Had Leg Amputated Due to Rare Birth Defect Inspires Thousands by Running, Swimming, and Doing Gymnastics with Prosthetic

Support: She shared Aurora's story online where it has received a huge response
Support: She shared Aurora’s story online where it has received a huge response

A two-year-old-girl has been hailed as an inspiration after defying her disability by excelling in running, swimming and gymnastics.

Aurora Cairo, also known as Rory, was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare birth defect that prevented her right leg from fully developing and led to her foot being amputated.

Since getting her first prosthesis, Rory, from Seguin, Texas, ‘runs everywhere’, her mother Kayla Moore, 23, wrote on the Amputee Coalition of America Facebook page.

She said that Aurora, whose father is Javon Cairo, 23, has ‘accomplished a lot this year’ after joining the Kinetic Kids Program where she does gymnastics and swimming.

‘She received her first Runners Blade this year. It has made shopping with mommy a little difficult (she runs everywhere), but running into daddy’s arms a lot easier,’ Kayla wrote.

She also thanked God and those who have helped make it possible, adding: ‘We love you Rory.’

Thousands of people have liked Kayla’s post which attracted hundreds of comments complimenting her daughter.

‘A life lesson,’ wrote one. Another added: ‘You can see such a strong spirit in those eyes. You will do great things Aurora!’

Kayla first became aware of the issue with her daughter’s leg when she was five months pregnant and her foot was later amputated.

She said the warm response to Aurora’s story online was ‘uplifting’.

She told BuzzFeed News: ‘Rory strives to do her best whether it’s physical therapy, learning, or being adventurous.

‘We have endless faith that she’ll achieve anything she puts her mind to, because her spirit is ambitious, courageous, and upbeat.’