Breaking the limits of spina bifida: Abigail's story

In spite of the physical setbacks of a condition like spina bifida, Abigail has her sights set high in the future. Her next goal is to compete in the Paralympics and "show other young people that have wheelchairs that you can do anything if you work hard."

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