Tallahassee, Florida- July 26, 2012
Meet Kaia Miller. The 12-year-old girl from Tallahassee is an amputee. It's the only life she has ever known.
"I can tell you it's, it's really hard. Ever since kindergarten I kinda felt left out," said Miller.
"The questions came like why am I like this or why are people staring at me when we go in the store. And I always said you need to embrace yourself," said Kaia's mom, Cheryl Miller.
Help came in the form of a fellow amputee at Camp No Limits in Bradenton, FL, a camp for amputees only. That fellow amputee happened to be a dolphin.
2011's "Dolphin Tale" movie was based on Winter the Dolphin, a bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail fluke in 2005. Hanger Clinic doctor's were able to replace the fluke with a prosthetic device
"I saw Winter and was like 'wow!" Kaia said.
Kaia says Winter has been an inspiration to her as an amputee. Hanger's Kevin Carroll is the man responsible for Winter's prosthetic fluke. He's now paying for Kaia and her Mom to head to Maine to go to the original Camp No Limits. The'll get to spend quality time with kids who know exactly what Kaia is going through. She looks at life differently now.
"Sometimes people look at me and feel bad and I say why do you feel bad because sometimes I say I kind of like being an amputee it's kind of fun."
The man who outfitted Winter with a prosthetic tale is Hanger's Kevin Carroll. He heard that Kaia was trying to raise money to go to the original Camp No Limits, a camp for amputees, in Maine. Carroll provided the funding for the trip, and Kaia and her Mom are headed to Maine next week to attend Camp No Limits. It will be Kaia's first time on an airplane and she said she's nervous, but very excited to get there.