Patrick Henry Hughes was born without eyes.
In addition, he wasn’t able to straighten his arms and legs.
He also needed two steel rods surgically attached to his spine to correct severe scoliosis.
Doctors told his parents when he was born that he would never be able to walk.
“It took days for all of the information and then eventually even weeks for all of the information to come in about Patrick. We still had to play the waiting game, because we didn’t know how he was going to develop mentally,” Patrick Henry’s father, Patrick John, told CBN.
“I remember many times thinking, ‘God, why us?’ You go through a period of anger, denial and rage.”
But because of the love and support of Patrick Henry’s parents, he was able to go and do incredible things.
He’s now a successful musician, public speaker, and student. He’s been on ESPN, Oprah, The Ellen Show, and featured on other media outlets like People Sports Illustrated and even played The Grand Ole Opry.
It all started when Patrick John was left home with his 6-week-old son for the first time.
He discovered that playing classical music on the piano would stop the baby from crying hysterically.
Patrick started playing the piano from his high chair at 9-months-old.
“It just fit perfectly at that piano so that Patrick’s little knees would go underneath where the keyboard sits,” Patrick John said.
“I put him there and played. I found three notes at random, and nine months old, he found those three notes and played them back to me in succession. I was blown away. Every day we would sit at the piano, I’d play his nursery rhyme songs or we’d do little listen and play exercises.”
He was able to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “You Are My Sunshine” by the time he was 2-years-old. Over the years, Patrick Henry grew his musical talents and also played the trumpet.
He started to play in his junior high school’s band and orchestra.
He wanted to play the trumpet in a pep band, which meant he had to join the marching band.
So his father decided he would help him with the marches.
Patrick Henry says that his dad “does a pretty good job” and “typically doesn’t mess up too much.”
“He hasn’t dumped me over yet, and we haven’t take out any musicians. So everything’s good so far.”
Patrick Henry says his Christian faith is what has helped him to achieve his goals.
“My faith has sustained me,” he says. “I think there are some days that have been a little stressing, but whenever I have those feelings and I really think there’s no way I can get out of them, I just turn to God and say a little prayer. ‘Lord, give me strength to get me through this.’”
Patrick Henry was a student at the University of Louisville in 2016 when he gained national fame for his role playing trumpet in the Louisville Marching Band.
Patrick Henry’s commitment on the field gained the attention of the media who featured him in television shows and in newspapers.
He also won Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award. He was later invited to play piano and sing around the country. His family was chosen to be on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2007.
He’s also competed on “Family Feud” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”
What’s most inspiring about Patrick Henry is his positive attitude.
“I mean, God made me blind and didn’t give me the ability to walk. I mean, big deal,” he said, according to Positive Outlooks. “He gave me the talent to play piano and trumpet and all that good stuff.”
Patrick Henry now tours the world playing music.
He also wrote a motivational book about his life called “I Am Potential.”
“I would like to challenge people to live their life to the fullest and to realize their potential,” he said. “
Source: I Am Potential Movie
“Life is a beautiful thing, and there’s so much to do in life. You’ve got today, but you’re not always guaranteed tomorrow.”
Patrick Henry’s book was also made into a movie by the same name.
He says that maintaining a positive life is all about perspective.
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