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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Inspirational Teen Who Had Her Arm Amputated Returns to Competitive Swimming

Tyler Brown, teen swimmer with one arm

Atlanta, GA — Tyler Brown, a high school swimmer from Georgia who had her arm amputated due to a tumor, did not let her circumstances stop her from doing what she loves. Just one month after the amputation, Brown has already returned to competitive swimming!

Brown, who is 14-years old, has always loved swimming. One day, however, doctors found a cancerous tumor in her right arm. The tumor was initially removed but when it became malignant, they had no other choice but to amputate her arm to keep cancer from spreading.

It was a tough decision to make but Brown always tried to keep things like the usual. “It didn’t affect me in any way,” she told Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Her family supported her in any way. They helped her transition back to school by organizing “one arm parties” with her friends and classmates.

One month since her arm was amputated, she was medically cleared to get back in the pool. She then immediately competed in the swim meet in her high school, the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

She was able to perform exceptionally, but Brown admitted it was much challenging now that she only has one arm.

“I do feel like I have to work harder than my two-arm counterparts, but it’s work I’m willing to do,” she said. “I am really competitive. I want people to count me out. Then I want to prove them wrong.”