Two-year-old Roman Dinkel was diagnosed with spina bifida, a defect in an embryo’s developing spine, after an ultrasound at 20 weeks.
“We just expected to hear the normal things — this is the size of the head, this is the size of his feet, all those fun things, but what we heard was he had extra fluid on his brain and extra fluid on his spine,” Roman’s mother Whitney Dinkel said.
Despite the odds, his parents were determined to persevere. Roman actually had an operation before he was born to increase his chances of being able to walk.
“I had to let him fall a few times so he’d know I wouldn’t be there to catch him, and he had to learn how to catch himself,” Whitney said.