Cieran Kelso, 8, lost both his legs below the knee to meningitis when he was just 13 months old.
His dad, Gary, and stepmother, Gemma, were determined that Cieran would still lead an active life.
Gary raised enough money to buy his son prosthetic flippers so Cieran could go swimming with his friends.
"We want Cieran to see that even though his legs were taken away by his meningitis he can still follow his dreams and be like his friends, just sometimes we have to make slight adaptations to aid him along the way," Gemma told the Daily Mail.
This summer, the young boy travelled from his home in England to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida to swim with Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail who inspired him.
Winter starred in the family film "Dolphin Tale."
"His first words when he saw the film was, 'Winter's disabled just like me,'" Gary told the Daily Mail. "There are some pretty raw feelings that go into seeing Cieran swimRead More »from British boy with no legs befriends dolphin with prosthetic tail