We are surrounded by so many inspiring people. Sindhutai Sapkal ‘The Mother of Orphans’, Jadav Payeng ‘The Forest Man of India’, Jessica Cox ‘The Armless Pilot’, etc. They keep inspiring the world in different ways. The story of Patrick Henry Hughes is similar to them.
Patrick Henry Hughes is an American multi-instrumental musician born on 10th March, 1988 in Louisville, Kentucky to Patrick John and Patricia Hughes. Patrick Henry was born without eyes and cannot not fully straighten his arms and legs, thus making him unable to walk. Additionally, two steel rods were surgically attached to Patrick's spine to correct scoliosis.
When Hughes was at the age of nine months, his father introduced him to Piano. He began picking out notes from the comforts of his high chair. His father Patrick John recalled “It just fit perfectly at that piano, so that Patrick’s little knees would go underneath where the keyboard sits. I put him there and played. I found three notes at random, and nine months old, he found those three notes and played them back to me in succession. I was blown away. Everyday we would sit at the piano, I’d play his nursery rhyme songs or we’d do little listen and play exercises.” He also knows how to play Trumpet and can sing.
While a student at the University of Louisville, Patrick Henry joined the Louisville Marching Band after been suggested by Louisville's marching band director, Dr. Greg Byrne. He played trumpet while his father pushed him in his wheelchair through the marching routines. This commitment from Patricks started attracting crowd and media attention, and the they featured in a variety of television and newspaper coverage. Due to this fame, Patrick Henry was invited to play piano and sing in musical performances throughout the country.
Hughes has appeared on many TV shows including ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, etc. He is recipient of many awards. He wrote a book I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams which was dramatized in the 2015 movie I Am Potential, written and directed by Zach Meiners.
The story of Patrick Henry Hughes is truly an inspiring one. This story should encourages those people who were born with some disability. It tells us that we should never to give quit in our life no matter how difficult the situation is.