- Colton Robinson was born with spina bifida
- He had to undergo surgery at just 1 day old and later at 6 months old
- He is now a successful wheelchair model
An eight-year-old boy from Massachusetts has overcome his disability to build a successful career as a wheelchair model.
Colton Robinson was born with an extreme case of spina bifida, Briefly.co.za learned. It's a condition that occurs when the spine and spinal cords don't form properly.
In Colton's case, his legs pointed upwards towards his head and his spine protruded from his back.
He therefore had to undergo surgery at just one day old to repair his back. He had another one when he was six months old to drain fluid from his brain.
However, the resilient boy has not allowed his disability to pin him down. He has already been up and down the New York Fashion Week catwalk twice.
Colton has even modelled for top designer Tommy Hilfiger. He also participates in charity catwalks with Runway of Dreams, a non-profit organisation.
Colton's mom, 37-year-old Ashley, told Caters News that her son loves modelling because it boosts his self-confidence:
I always ask him ahead of time if he wants to do modelling jobs and 100% of the time it’s yes. He tells me he likes it because it makes him feel good about himself.
He loves it; he has such a big personality and is very secure about himself, which is great [because] he doesn’t see limitations for himself.
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