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Toddler With Spina Bifida Decides To Show Off His Brand New Walking Skills To The Family Dog

by Malcolm Freberg

If this short clip doesn’t make you tear up, nothing will.

Two-year-old Roman Dinkel was born with spina bifida. It’s not an uncommon condition — eight children are born in the US every day with the disease. It can cause a number of problems for developing children and persists throughout the rest of their lives.

In Roman’s case, his ability to walk is severely compromised. Still, Roman is clearly the happiest child on Earth.

As you’re about to see, he’s a giggling, laughing, chatting machine and has a smile capable of warming the Grinch’s heart. So don’t think a little thing like spina bifida is going to stop him from marching wherever he pleases.

Roman was recently given forearm crutches to help him get around. After using them for a while, he finally got the hang of it in the family’s hallway — and he couldn’t help but show off to his dog, Maggie.

Let's meet the little guy, shall we?

Let's meet the little guy, shall we?

Look at that face — you can’t honestly say you’re not already in love with Roman!

Spina bifida basically means that, while Roman was still in the womb, his spine didn’t fully seal. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but he’ll live with the effects his entire life.

His parents have been documenting Roman’s story on social media. Defying Odds: Roman’s Journey is full of sweet moments from his life thus far, and the page has absolutely exploded in recent days.

Turn up your volume now, and get ready to smile.

Nothing has ever been so precious. With his new forearm crutches — the family calls them Roman’s “sticks” — he’s proudly marching around the hallway, and he wants the dog to know it!

I walking Maggie, part 2….”hi guys”

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In case you weren’t already feeling a little better about the world, here’s part two, where Roman busts into the next room and announces his presence by shouting, “Hi guys!”

Don't worry, you're not alone in your love for this little guy.

Don't worry, you're not alone in your love for this little guy.

Roman’s story has been shared everywhere since the video was first posted — he’s basically a celebrity now!

The Facebook page has become inundated with comments about how powerful Roman’s story is.

Seeing how proud Roman is of himself would make anyone smile.

And there’s little chance of anyone forgetting about that face anytime soon!

On top of that, his story is resonating with his new fans.

On top of that, his story is resonating with his new fans.

Roman is more than just a cute face — he’s literally living up to the name of his Facebook page. Fighting against the odds is a story everyone can relate to.

And his story is not just relevant to people with physical disabilities; it’s great for anyone facing difficulties in their life!

No one doubts that Roman is destined for something great.

And he’s got a fantastic support system to help him do it!

And as a bonus, here's one more picture of the little hero before you go:

The boy and his Maggie, worn out after a hard day of walking together! Keep it up, Roman.