Freak accident leaves Oklahoma teenager without a left hand

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BINGER, Okla. - A freak accident has left an Oklahoma teenager without a left hand.

On January 19th, during target practice, 17-year-old Cameron Cowling says a gun just “blew up” in his hand.

He said on his Facebook page that he was using a muzzle loader and after the accident he noticed that the barrel was misshapen.

Doctors at OU Medical Center decided to amputate Cowling’s hand.

For an active teen who loves to ride bulls and play the guitar, you would think that would be a set-back but Cowling is proving otherwise.

“I’m not going to let it slow me down,” Cowling said.

Cowling is quickly relearning how to do everyday tasks.

“It’s a little complicated doing some stuff, but I’m getting the hang of it,” Cowling said.

“He just won’t let us do anything. Won’t let us feel sorry for him,” Laura Long, Cowling’s mother, said.

It was his dream to serve in the Army, but his faith is helping him look for a higher purpose.

“You know I can use this to help other people who have problems too, you know? If they see me doing stuff, you know, maybe they might think they can do it too,” Cowling said.

The strength Cowling has shown is already inspiring others.

“He’s lifted us all up. He’s just made everybody so proud to be a part of his life,” Long said.

But it is the support from his family and community that is inspiring him.

“I just want to thank everyone so much. It means a lot,” Cowling cried.

Tuesday Cowling was in Oklahoma City visiting with doctors. They are looking into getting him a prosthetic hand.

The family says they do not plan to take any legal action against the gun’s manufacturer.


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