Lack of fingers doesn’t slow down Ohio teen’s talent on the piano

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WARREN, OH (WKYC) When Darrius Simmons speaks through piano keys, the message is clear.

There are no words needed.

“Certain melodies just come up into my head,” Simmons explains.

He is a self-taught, 17-year-old junior at Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio.

It is nothing short of awe inspiring to be by his side, in person, to see and hear Simmons roll out his talents so effortlessly.

It comes from just two fingers on his right hand. One on the left.

That’s all Darrius Simmons has to work with. A few fingers where his hands should be.

His hands never completely formed.

It’s a birth defect that never crosses Simmons’ mind when he’s mastering the piano and turning out amazing music.

He all but dismisses the birth defect when I asked him about it, saying, “I really don’t know that much about it, honestly.”

That from a teen who since he was a kid, never asked “Why me?”


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