She's a natural: 10-year-old learning violin with help from Shriners Hospital

By Cait McVey, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, January 04, 2018, 5:23 PM EST

A 10-year-old girl is making the most of the gift of music she received for Christmas, with a little help from Shriners Hospital.

  • Momo Sutton, 10, has congenital amputation of right arm
  • Momo requires special prosthetic to play her violin
  • Learned "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" in just two weeks

“I guess I must have been a really good girl,” Sutton explained.

It took just two weeks for a dedicated Sutton to learn how to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” thanks to lots of practice and a little help from Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Sutton has a congenital amputation of her right arm. She needs a special prosthetic attachment to play her new instrument.

“She really has an attitude of 'can do,'” said Ron Gringas, Director of Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services. “And she’s really proud of what she can do.”

“I swim on a swimming team, but currently, we’re not doing that because of the temperatures,” Sutton said. “And I do horseback riding on Wednesdays.”

Momo also plays soccer, basketball and even golf. But right now, Sutton said her main focus is learning to play the violin.

“I love the sound,” Sutton described. “It’s like it’s singing.”

Sutton was adopted by her mother from an orphanage in China when she was just a baby. The family now lives in the Orlando area.