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Hanover teen's inspirational story goes global

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A Hanover teen's incredible life story continues to take new and amazing turns.

George Dennehy was born without arms in Romania, given up for adoption and nearly starved to death. Now, people around the world are hearing about his inspirational life.

Australia's equivalent of 60 Minutes featured him in a story about adoption Sunday, and it was the most watched program in the country. Not bad for a Hanover kid who told us at one point had given up on life.

"Whatever we want to do as human beings and whatever we want to accomplish, we shouldn't let anything try and get in the way of that because we can always find a way around it if we put our mind to it," Dennehy said in August, days after his big break. Despite not having arms, he was playing guitar with his feet on stage with the Goo Goo Dolls.

But he never would have any of this success, if it weren't for the Hanover family that adopted him from a Romanian orphanage.

"I'd either be on the street begging in Romania for money, for food actually, or I'd be dead," he said.

Still, he always wondered about his birth parents and the life he left behind, until now. With the help of a Romanian TV station, he met his birth mother and father for the first time.

Now he's back home, playing guitar, including a new single available on iTunes, appropriately called "It's a gift."

Listen to George Dennehy's latest single on YouTube

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