From our story by Dan VanderPas:
"Please don't baby Ricky Kaufert. Don't feel sorry for his parents, Rick and Sara, and their 10-year-old daughter, Brooke, either.
They're doing fine even though 12-year-old Ricky has undergone open-heart surgery because he was born with three holes in his heart. He has also been operated on four times for his hands and once for a double hernia.
When the likable, talkative Ricky was born Sept. 26, 1995, his left arm was shorter than his right one. He had a total of only seven fingers and no thumbs on both his hands. So surgeons relocated his index fingers to where his thumbs are supposed to be located."
Despite all this, Ricky now writes fine, races go-carts, and, as shown below, plays basketball with other kids his age.