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East Texas Girl Gets Prosthetic Legs

At first glance, this may look like child's play, but don't be fooled, Ryann Carr is working very, very hard.

Her mother, Katrina said, "The very first time when we came and tried them [prosthetics] on, she was a little aprehensive. You know, she had a few tears that day."

But now, Ryann is excited about the opportunity before her. At two and a half years old, she's taking some of her very first steps.

A disease called Amniotic Band Syndrome caused Ryann to be born without some of her limbs.

Katrina said, "I think she notices, 'I'm a little bit different. I'm put together a little bit differently." 

But her mom also says that doesn't hold her back at all.

"She problem solves, and figures out exactly, you know, if she wants to do something, she's going to figure out how to do it."

If she had stayed in her native country of Kazakhstan, her mother says this moment would never have happened.

"We saw people with disabilities on the street corners. We saw people with disabilities not able to get into buildings. They were very limited on what they could do," Katrina said.

Ryann came home with her new family, and lots of friends, this summer. Since then, she's wanted to do everything she sees them do.

"When we told her we were going to get legs, immediately she said, 'Legs! Feet!' And immediately, she pointed to the window, and she said,'Outside!' She knew she would be able to be more mobile outside. I think she thought she was going to be running, and doing those sorts of things. I think it took her a little while to realize, 'I've got to work on this," Katrina said.

And working, she is!

Learning to use her new legs will be a slow process, but her mom thinks she'll pick up the pace in no time.

"Her walker's getting in her way a little bit, and she just wants to throw it away and walk. And she'll do that soon enough. I see her being able to do whatever she sets her mind to doing. If Ryann wants to dance, she'll dance. If she wants to go, and learn how to ski, she's going to learn how to ski. I don't know, if she wants to take a karate class, we're going to sign her up," Katrina said.

And if she wants to hokey pokey like the Little Elmo she had in physical therapy, she'll probably do that, too.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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