7-year-old doesn’t let double amputation keep her away from gymnastics

EARLY, Texas (CNN) — Autumn Fought is just like any other first grader, full of energy and eager to learn. She has her favorite teachers and lots of friends.

Just like many kids her age, she has after school activities.

“Well, when she came in she was three,” said Seal Gymnastics Coach Faith Wade.

That is where Autumn met Wade.

Autumn suffered from a prenatal stroke before birth and was born prematurely at 29 weeks. She was in the NICU for six months but at three and a half-years-old, the muscles in her legs began die away.

It caused Autumn severe pain. That is when she underwent bilateral amputation at the knee.

“She’s been non-stop ever since,” her mother Brandi Fought said. “They called her diva in the NICU and it still rings true.”

After her surgery is when her parents, Brandi and Brandon Fought, got her into Seal Gymnastics.

“She does what she wants in her own way,” Brandi Fought said.

Her and Wade have a bond like no other, but Autumn isn’t the only one learning in this relationship. Wade teaches Autumn to overcome her fears of learning new skills.

Autumn teaches Wade that when you are brave, you are unstoppable.

“She gets a little scared when she is trying something new, but the moment she figures it out she’s good,” Brandi said. “She doesn’t have any fears.”

Autumn has never had it easy, but that has never stopped her from reaching her goals.

“Autumn is very, very strong minded and loves to prove people wrong,” Wade said.

To be brave is what special needs gymnast Autumn Fought has taught her coach, but the most special thing is, what Autumn has learned from Coach Faith and it’s helping her in her everyday life.

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