Born without a hand, local teen headed to Ohio camp to meet others like her

GREENWICH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Greenwich teen was selected to attend a youth summer camp to meet others just like her.

Zoe Smith, 15, was born without a hand, but she doesn’t let that get to her. It hasn’t changed the way she’s living her life as a teenager. She’s happy the way she is.

“You know, you’d ask Zoe if she could have a second hand, would she want it and she would tell you, no,” her mother, Aimee Smith, said.

And there’s no such thing as “too hard of a task” for her.

“Painting my nails, I started out using my mouth to hold the brush and everything, but now I hold the brush on my knee, and it’s just trial and error, basically,” Zoe said.

She also excels at singing and playing the ukulele.

Zoe was taken to get fitted for prosthetics since she was 6-months-old, but she said she’s perfectly fine the way she is despite some minor challenges.

“I go to another summer camp where there’s a rock wall, and it’s always kind of prominent there, and everybody will be climbing their rock wall, and I can’t really grip all the rocks, so that makes it very obvious there,” she said.

“Occasionally, she’ll verbalize, ‘I only have one hand,’” Aimee said.

But Zoe will soon be spending time with 142 other campers and 45 counselors from 37 states throughout the country who have a similar condition as hers.

The Amputee Coalition Youth Camp in Ohio offers a variety of activities to boost independence, including canoeing, swimming and zip lining.

“Zoe is a very positive person, and I think that she has a lot to offer, too, and she’ll connect with people,” Aimee said.

Zoe will be flying out to Ohio by herself and will spend six days at the camp. All the expenses and airfare are included.

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