Local teen born with a rare birth defect is wowing crowds with his musical ability


LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) — When you meet 18-year-old Nathan Smith and watch him play the piano, you can’t help but be amazed. You are drawn to his witty personality, genuine kindness, and unbelievable ability to play the piano. If you close your eyes and listen to his music, you’ll notice Nathan can make a piano sing just like Billy Joel. But, Nathan’s hands are different. He was born with a rare birth defect called VATERS Association.

“Everybody notices his hands and arms. He’s missing a radius bone in each arm, which caused his thumb and index finger to not develop on his hands,” said Dawn Smith, Nathan’s mother.

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