Born with spina bifida and scoliosis, 5-year-old Owen McBride showed his strength by getting out of his wheelchair and running the bases during a Miracle League game.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Born in Armenia with spina bifida and scoliosis, 5-year-old Owen McBride has been in a wheelchair most of his young life.

 

In 2016, Owen left the orphanage he grew up in and joined the McBride family in Wilmington through international adoption.

 

"It just happened," Ashton McBride told the Wilmington (N.C.) Star News of adopting Owen. "I saw him and knew that was my son."

 

Owen showed the world his strength in the video taken by Bo Dean of Access of Wilmington's Miracle League.

 

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Access is a nonprofit organization which provides sport and recreation for people of all disabilities in the Cape Fear region.

 

Wheelchairs and walkers like Owen's can maneuver on the Miracle Field because it has a rubber surface.

 

"It's 360 feet around the field, which doesn't seem like a lot, but when you're giving it all you have it's quite the feat," Bell said.

 

Ashton McBride said Owen enjoys playing baseball in the Miracle League.

 

"And we enjoy it as his parents just knowing that we're giving him that extra opportunity to walk and to build up his leg strength, which is one of the biggest reasons why we did it," she said.

 

Reporter Elizabeth Montgomery can be reached at 910-343-2066 or Elizabeth.Montgomery@StarNewsOnline.com.