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Kaleigh Carpenter: one arm, many gifts

Updated: September 4, 2013, 5:10 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

When their daughter Kaleigh was born, Bob and Lisa Carpenter took one look at their baby and were struck with many of the same fears as any new parents.

"She was our first child; she didn't come with instructions; we didn't know what to do," Bob said. "So we just tried to raise her the way you would expect anyone to raise their kids."

It was simple and instinctive and, said Kaleigh 19 years later, "the best thing they could have done for me."

Born with a left arm that ...

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