Virginia Prosthetics in Roanoke has taken on a very special project at no cost.
Back in December, we introduced you to "Baby Charli" when he got his arms.
Charli was born without arms or legs in Haiti. In Haiti, babies born without limbs are seen as possessed by the devil, so people try to harm them.
A Salem-based organization called Angel Missions Haiti brought Charli here and now Virginia Prosthetics is giving him limbs.
"He's a very special little boy," Vanessa Carpenter said. Carpenter is Charli's de facto Grandmother and a member of Angel Mission Haiti.
"He's going to do so much more. So this is just the beginning," Prosthetist Doug Smiley said.
The people who came up with cliche's like "you'll never understand a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes" or "a long journey starts with a single step" likely never met anyone like Charli.
"He's learning to do things even though he's missing the limbs that we take so much for granted," Carpenter said.
With a few clicks, Charli's journey continues.
"At this point, we're just trying to get him to accept them and to tolerate them, which he's doing very well," Smiley said.
He's only tried them on a few times. Today was a chance for prosthetist Doug Smiley to make some adjustments to the legs Charli is adjusting to.
"Hopefully, he's going to have these things on all day and not even realize it," Smiley added.
The biggest challenge right now is getting Charli to stand upright and trust the legs, something his host family is helping him do.
"It's not the easiest thing because he is only 18 months old," Carpenter said.
These struggles are the reality for Charli, but hearing the people guiding him talk about these challenges is something we all can relate to in our lives.
"This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, so he's basically doing and exceeding all expectations at this point," said Smiley, "As children do, he's going to have to learn by trial and error."
"They learn to fall and so basically, just trying to be right there with him," said Carpenter.
When you see the love, the smile, the determination you realize, there's nothing cliche about Charli.
Charli went to Haiti to see his biological mother right after he got his arms.
He's going to head back to see his mother in a few weeks with his new legs.
The goal is to have Charli go back to Haiti to live with his biological mother full-time in a few years.