Hillsborough County teens beats odds to achieve Eagle Scout rank - WFLA News Channel 8

Hillsborough County teens beats odds to achieve Eagle Scout rank

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Adam Smith is the kind of kid that gives you hope for the future. He's smart, articulate and generous, and soon he'll mark an important milestone.

The 17-year-old is becoming an Eagle Scout -- an achievement he says only about 5% of Boy Scouts accomplish. "It's something not everybody does," Smith said.

But that's not the most amazing part of Smith's story. In addition to doing something the majority of kids his age will never do he's done it while overcoming a pretty significant birth defect.

Smith was born with hip bones and femurs that pointed sideways. Picture heels that touch and toes that point in opposite directions.

In the last few years he's undergone a series of surgeries at All Children's Hospital to basically rebuild his legs just in time for him to do a little building of his own.

"It's really exciting that I can finally go do stuff that I wasn't able to do fully before," Smith said.

As part of his Eagle Scout project Smith constructed multiple gates and fences at the Quantum Leap Farm in Odessa."They have a little area out here that has an injured horse with an injured foot," Smith said.

The fencing he built created a safer, more secure environment for the injured horse.

Pretty fitting for a kid who knows a thing or two about overcoming injury. He now walks around the farm on legs that finally face the correct direction, proud of both his Scout achievement and his physical improvement. 

"It's so cool to become an Eagle Scout and all the challenges I've had in my life and have it all done with now," Smith said. 

 

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