Meet the baby who was born with one arm and no legs and is as perfect as it is.
Little Henry Higgs, now 11 months old, loves splashing around in the bathroom and touching his toys.
Mother Rosie Higgs, 29, had learned during her 20-week routine scan that her unborn son may have amnion band syndrome – a condition that would prevent his limbs from growing properly.
She said people asked if she should terminate the pregnancy – but Rosie insists that she “has no doubt” that she would keep her baby boy.
Little Henry arrived by caesarean section and only had one arm and one hand linked.
Rosie, a special needs school assistant from Harrow, London, said: “When I was told my baby would only have one arm and no legs, I was so worried and upset.
“But I had no doubt that I would keep him – no matter what I was advised to do.”
Rosie added, “It was scary to be pregnant at times.
“I had scans every four weeks – they watched closely because each scan said something different.
“When I was at work it was fine because I wasn’t thinking too much. But when I had to stop working, I really thought about it.
“I was afraid something might go wrong.
“But he’s such a happy guy and he doesn’t let his handicap hold him back in any way.
“He has a cheeky smile and is always laughing. He loves his big sister.
“He may not have all the arms and legs, but he is absolutely perfect for me.”
Rosie couldn’t have her supportive mother Paula, 55, and partner Peter, 39, by her side during her scans as they were locked out
Rosie added, “It was heartbreaking not being able to have my mother with me to give birth, especially as I knew Henry was a high risk.
“Thankfully the midwives were absolutely amazing.
“I was so stressed out during my pregnancy and when Henry was born the midwives asked if I wanted to see him right away because I was nervous.
“Scans can only tell you so much. It was such a build-up and a worry when it came out I didn’t know what to expect.”
He was born on May 13th at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, London, and weighed a healthy 8 pounds 2 ounces.
The midwives took Henry aside and Papa Peter, 39, an Emirates facilities and seat manager, went to see him first.
He picked up little Henry and brought him to Rosie and put him in her arms.
Rosie said, “When he passed me, I fell in love with my little boy.”
When Rosie took the boy home to meet his sister Alice, 13, and brother Michael, 7, they did not bump an eyelid at his differences.
Rosie said, “When Henry’s brother first saw him he said ‘eugh’ – but it wasn’t his limbs – it was his umbilical cord.
“They were fine, they both love him and accept him for who he is.”
Now baby Henry loves to play with his older brother and older sister.
Rosie said, “Michael my son is autistic so he doesn’t pay as much attention to Henry as Alice does, but they love him.
“Alice treats him like her own baby – not her brother. She loves him so much. She’s his second mother.”
Grandmother Paula also loves her little grandson and knits clothes for him.
Rosie added, “Clothes are very difficult, you have to roll it up or it looks ridiculous. Mom loves to crochet and knit so she can make him little outfits.
“She absolutely loves him and says he’s amazing, she hasn’t said much about his limbs. Everyone just accepts him for who he is.”
Little Henry hits all the milestones he should be – he can lift objects, lift his head and turn around.
Rosie said, “He’s able to take things in with no problem, which is really surprising. He’s doing really well.
“He chatters all the time like he’s talking to you. It’s like he’s answering. He wakes me up in the morning with his chatter.
“But he’s behaving amazingly well – he goes down at 7.30pm and wakes up at 6.30am.
“Henry is happy, he loves to sit in his high chair, but we have to be careful.
“He can’t use a baby walker because it wouldn’t be safe for him because he doesn’t have his lower limbs.”
Henry also underwent an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to separate his networked hand.
Rosie said, “Now he can pick up things and eat himself. It made a huge difference in its mobility.
“We’re also talking to Stanmore Orthopedics about the future introduction of Henry Orthopedics, which is very positive and will make a big difference.
“Henry is doing so well that I’m not worried about his future.
“I know he will always be a little bit different, but we take it every day and I know that he will be able to face future challenges.”
Since Henry was born, Rosie has had support from Reach – a charity that helps children with upper limb differences.
She said, “Thanks to the charity, I have made contact with many parents in similar positions.
“You were amazing. You really helped me get through it.
“The house is something that we have to adjust as he gets older because it is not as suitable as it is right now. That is a little worrying.