Medicine: Freddie Stands Up

Just three weeks short of his second birthday, Freddie Thomason stood up last week for the first time in his life. No less remarkable, he wore a little pair of overalls, and sat down—also for the first time in his life.

Freddie Thomason was born without arms or legs. The blue-eyed, towheaded son of the Herschel Thomasons of Magnolia, Ark., Freddie has smooth, sloping shoulders with no. sign that arms had ever begun to form. Unlike most "congenital amputees," he was born with virtually no stumps where legs should have been.

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