Jacob Roberts has deep scars on his face. His bottom lip has all but disappeared, and he no longer has a fully functional left hand. All are the result of a horrific lawn mower accident that happened more than three years ago, but the 8-year-old has relearned to do some of his favorite things despite having only one hand.
Take, for example, how he’s learned to use a video game controller.
Newer controllers are almost impossible to play with using just one hand. So how does litlteJacob brings the joystick up to his face, moving it around with his chin. It’s something he taught himself after several surgeries to recover from the accident, and he can beat his sister at games using this method.
Jacob lost his hand below the wrist, so in therapy he demonstrated how they make him move it “up and down, up and down.” The hope is that he will someday get a prosthetic.
“Is there ever a time when you don’t want to go to the hospital?” WKMG-TV reporter Jamie Seh asked.
“Every time,” Jacob replied without hesitation.
But he has a positive outlook and does it anyway because “I know it’s not going to last long and I won’t get hurt.”
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His parents choke up thinking back on the tragic accident that happened nearly four years ago.
His mother started to cry at the memory.
“I heard the most horrendous sound I have ever heard in my entire life and that was my husband’s scream,” she told the news station.
To come to where he is now after the May 24, 2010, accident, Jacob spent 35 days in intensive care and had eight surgeries at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.