Despite Joshua's problems, his mother Gillian didn't focus on his imperfections. "I remember telling people that there were a few problems with his hands and legs, but apart from that, he was perfect," she says. "And I think that's how we'll always see him."
Though Gillian tried to stay positive, life for Joshua was hard. Doctors told her that Joshua would never sit up or walk, and Gillian says that dressing him was "a nightmare." "It was hurting him. It was physically hurting him."
Doctors told Gillian and her husband that they had a difficult choice to make: Either Joshua would have to go through two decades of painful surgeries—or they could remove his legs. After much consideration, Gillian and her husband made their decision. "He was exactly 1 month old when he had both legs amputated," Gillian says.