Amniotic Band Syndrome occurs when a fetus becomes entangled in fibrous string-like amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow and affecting a baby’s development.
Meet Logan Bagwell, the 8-year-old son of Dale and Ginny Bagwell of Pell City. Logan is a happy-go-lucky kid with a big smile on his face. Logan had ABS at birth, and has no left hand. But ABS has not stopped Logan from participating in the game he loves so much – baseball.
“We had no idea he would be this way,” Ginny Bagwell said. “There were numerous ultrasounds, but nothing was ever spotted. I had a C-section, and the only thing I heard was there was something wrong with his left hand.”
Estimates vary widely as to how many children are born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, from one in 1,200 to one in 15,000 live births.
“I was scared and worried,” Ginny said. “Just not knowing what he would or would not be able to do. We were also worried about how he would be around other kids, and how other kids would treat him. We were worried about him being made fun of.”
Bagwell said they learned quickly Logan would not be treated any different than any other child.
Logan started playing baseball at age 5. Ginny said the first two years were more playing in the dirt in the infield than actually playing the game.
“When he first came up to me wanting to play baseball, we were excited,” Ginny said. “We had been playing with him in the yard, and we knew he could hit, catch and throw. When we look at him, we do not even see the hand missing.”
After taking two years off from playing baseball, Logan wanted to get back in the game he dearly loves, and this past season, he played with the Diamondbacks where he was the starting catcher.
Logan is going into the third grade at Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School.
The word ‘can’t’ is not in Logan’s vocabulary, and his parents treat him and discipline him just like their other three boys.
Logan’s oldest brother is Tre, 9. After Logan was born, Dale and Ginny say, they did hesitate to have another child.
“We waited four years to have another child,” Ginny said. “Even though we knew this problem was not genetic, we were still in the early years of learning what kids would think. We knew the kids at church were okay with him, and after four years we knew we were ready. We were sad and we were scared because we didn’t want it to happen again.”
Seth was the third son of the Bagwells, and today he is 5. The fourth son is Ollie, and he is 8 months old.
Ginny said Logan has a special heart and he loves everyone.
“Sometimes, he helps too much, whether it is with me or his teacher at school or his friends,” Ginny said. “I believe what’s missing below his left elbow, God placed in his heart to make it bigger and make it care more.”
Dale Bagwell said his son allows nothing or no one to slow him down.
“If you hang around him any length of time, you will notice he is perfectly normal,” Dale said. “I have not been able to find anything he can’t do that a normal kid with two hands can do.”
Logan said he has always been treated okay, and no one has ever made fun of him or looked at him funny.
“In my eyes, there is nothing wrong with me,” Logan said. “I love playing baseball and football. I enjoy going to school and have made a lot of friends.”
Logan can tie his own shoes, can put anybody to shame on the Xbox and can ride his bicycle without training wheels.
When he gets to high school, Logan wants to play baseball and football for the Panthers.
Both his parents played sports at Pell City High School, and both graduated in 2004.
He hopes to go on to college after high school. Currently, he makes all A’s and B’s.
One of Logan’s baseball coaches this past season was Tommy Snow.
“Logan was very inspiring,” Snow said. “It gave the other kids on the team inspiration to see how well he played the game with just one arm. He did an excellent job.”
Michael Snow was a teammate of Logan’s on the Diamondbacks this past season.
“Being a teammate with Logan was awesome,” Snow said. “It was very inspirational to see him play.”