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This baseball player with one arm is drawing attention for being an inspiration


by Alex Apple, WZTV

CORNERSVILLE, Tenn. — A high school boy went viral for his inspirational story.

Luke Terry is a catcher and outfielder on the baseball team despite his having only one arm.

"I mean, I just go out here and play baseball," Terry said.

Terry's right arm was amputated before his second birthday due to a bacterial infection that threatened to take his life. Doctors performed miracles to save him, but his right arm could not be saved.

Now his one-handed swing and unique catching style are making him a hit on social media, which is a deserved honor for someone with such a big heart.

"Getting to see Luke catch all this fame, from being on a baseball team with him when we were in Little League to now. It’s amazing," said Jake Singleton, a sophomore teammate.

At practice on Tuesday, Terry said he's played the game since he was four with many of the same friends so the community is used to his courage.

To anyone just seeing his story on social media, Terry has a message.

"Never give up," Terry said. "Like I would go out there and give it 100 percent all the time. I’ve always never said 'can't'. I don’t like that word can’t."

His coach Ben Putman said Terry doesn't hold back.

"He’s a kid who has never felt sorry for himself," Putnam said. "He just knows what he wants and does it."

Luke Terry also fishes and hunts one-handed. He stays true to his never-say-never attitude. His goal is to eventually play in the major leagues.

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