LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Karter Adams could not hold still in his wheelchair Thursday morning at the Home of the Innocents. He smiled and danced back and forth with excitement.

He knew what was coming.

"Just the smile, you can tell, he gets excited because he knows it's time to play," said Casey Drake, a physical therapist assistant.

Karter can crawl, but he has never been able to walk because of limb deformities.

"His arms are shorter than most kids, and he only has seven fingers altogether," Drake said.

He can scoop up balls, pull down on toy levers and reach for toys. While he has learned to adapt with his arms, his legs are another story.

"When he was born ... his left leg was shorter than his right, his foot was just below his knee, and it was inverted, he couldn't bare any weight on it," Drake said.

His parents and doctor decided it'd be best to amputate below his left knee in August. Just a week ago, he got a new leg thanks to Kosair Charities, and he is learning how to stand.

"You could see that he was bouncing with both legs and sort of putting it all together for the first time that there's something there and he had just the biggest smile on his face," Drake said.

Because of privacy laws, therapists cannot name the conditions Karter has. They must also wear protective gowns when around him. He is so fragile, he can get sick easily. And at 3 years old, he is non-verbal.

Karter lives at the Home of the Innocents. Therapists hope to have him walking soon for the first time.

"Karter is the most resilient kid I've ever met," Drake said. "He's been through so much from the time he was born until now, and he does it with a smile on his face every day."

Therapists are confident Karter will continue making progress and have fun while doing it.

"He's taught all of us around here not to take anything for granted, because he's had all these struggles that he's had to work through, and no matter what he's got going on that day, he's just the happiest kid you'll ever meet," Drake said.

Karter's family lives in eastern Kentucky, and therapists hope to make enough progress to send him home in about a year.

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