A toddler boy who was born without his left hand has warmed hearts everywhere after he ‘fist bumped’ his limb with a football star who suffers from the same condition.
Little Joseph Tidd, who’s an 18-month-old boy from Florida, was all smiles when he caught up with Carson Pickett, who plays for Brisbane Roar in Australia’s W-League and Orlando Pride.
The pair – who struck up a friendship in April – have become internet sensations after an uplifting picture of them ‘fist bumping’ after a match went viral this week.
The young boy cheered on his ‘great role model’ Pickett – who was also born without a left forearm – from the sidelines before she walked over to greet the family.
The heartwarming picture shows the pair beaming with excitement as they raised their arms for the ‘fist bump’ in a loving embrace.
The photograph was first uploaded onto Instagram last month by his parents but Pickett’s mentor Becky Burleigh re-posted the image on Twitter earlier this week, which has since been ‘liked’ more than 38,000 times.
‘We need more of this in our world. RT to spread joy,’ Burleigh tweeted.
Thousands of people have commented on the ‘beautiful’ moment, with some describing the picture as the ‘photo of the century’ while others said they were delighted to see Pickett looking just as excited as little Joseph.
One tweeted: ‘My heart is gonna explode,’ while another said: ‘I don’t know what’s cuter! Her genuine happiness or the kiddo’s happiness.’
Another tweeted: ‘There are no words. All the carry on in this world and then you see this dead set gorgeous photo. Such joy! That has lifted my day.’
And one said: ‘The sheer joy in this wonderful picture takes my breath away. truly inspiring.’
Previously speaking to Fox News about the pair’s special bond, Joseph’s father Miles said: ‘Carson knelt down next to Joseph and showed him her arm.
‘It was this instant bond we can’t begin to understand. Carson believes she can do anything, and that is the mindset we want Joseph to have as well.’
His son was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that meant his left arm and hand didn’t fully develop while he was in the womb.
Their special bond comes just months after the pair first met in April where they were caught on camera leaning in for their ‘fist bump’.
‘Soccer means the world to me, but the platform that soccer provides me for things like this takes the cake. Joseph, you’re my new hero for life,’ Pickett said at the time.
Speaking to Australian W-League last year, Pickett – who was born without a left hand – opened up about what it was like growing up.
‘When I was growing up, I was never allowed to say the word “can’t” or “no” and back down to a challenge… it was like a cuss word in my house,’ she said.
‘I think that drove me to never give up and never quit, just because I knew I would let myself down as well as my parents, and family is everything to me.’
As her football career kicked off, Pickett said she ‘realised all of a sudden’ she could be a role model to young children.
‘I just think it’s a privilege and it’s an honour. I think those are the two best words I can say,’ she said.
‘It feels good to be able to make a positive impact on people’s lives, and to be honest, I probably don’t know half of the stories and half of the people I’m impacting.’