It’s our honor to introduce you to Tangie Griffin! She is the beautiful and proud mother of twin athletes; football player Shaquem Griffin a linebacker at the University of Central Florida and Shaquill Griffin, the 6’1″ cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.
As you all probably know Shaquen two minutes younger than his identical brother Shaquill, was born with a condition that affected the normal and full development of the bones on his left hand, called amniotic band syndrome.
When Tangie Griffin was pregnant, an ultrasound revealed that a fibrous strand of the amniotic membrane had wrapped around Shaquem’s left wrist. If left alone, the band would keep his left hand from developing. Doctors could try to move the band, but if they did, the band might wrap around the neck of one of the twins.
“I had a choice to say, ‘Let’s try it and pray everything is O.K.,’ ” Tangie says. “But in my mind, that is not an option at all.” So Tangie and her husband, Terry, discussed how they’d parent a son with a malformed left hand or no left hand at all. Their conclusion? Treat him no differently than their other children. Never let him consider his condition a hindrance.