Photo of armless pilot hugging armless little girl goes viral

This photo of an armless pilot embracing an armless girl will melt your heart.

An image of the first-ever armless pilot Jessica Cox hugging a little girl who was also born without arms is making its rounds through the internet and warming hearts at the same time.

The little girl, a three-year-old named R.E. Pranke (Short for Ruth Evelyn) was somewhat destined to meet the pilot. Her mother, Karlyn Pranke, began researching Cox after learning during the second trimester of her pregnancy the R.E. would be born without arms.
The little girl’s mother, Karlyn Pranke, arranged for the pair to meet and told ABC News how “amazing” it was for her daughter to meet someone she could look up to.
“It was amazing," Pranke told ABC News. "I'm just grateful that we had the opportunity to show everyone that it doesn't matter if you have arms or not, that you can do the same things as everyone else -- you just may have to do it a little differently.
When the pair met they talked, Cox gave RE a tour of her plane and the moment they hugged was captured in a now-viral photograph.

You don't need arms to return a hug... or give one. Jessica Cox with RE who was also born without arms

Posted by Right Footed A documentary film about Jessica Cox on Sunday, July 26, 2015

"The top question I get as a speaker is 'How do you hug?,'" she told ABC News. "That picture clearly showed that you don't need arms to embrace someone.”


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Jessica Cox signs a poster for a little girl who was born with...

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