A nearly fatal accident left this man with one arm, but he turned his trauma into art

"Beating the Odds" profiles people who despite their physical and health challenges, have pushed on to pursue their dreams and accomplish some incredible things. 

Nearly 40 years ago, in his hometown of Waverly, Nebraska, Matt Sesow lost his arm in a nearly fatal accident caused by an airplane propeller. Today, Matt is an acclaimed professional artist in the metro Washington DC area, renowned for his channeling of trauma into unforgettable paintings. Learn more about his story in this episode of "Beating the Odds."

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Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Tour de Yorkshire began in Bridlington today. I created this on the sand for the start. #tourdeyorkshire… https://t.co/0IsqRDNenq
New Year's sand circle gathering. Mwnt beach Ceredigion. https://t.co/TXXNM7ZHgF #mwnt #sandcircles https://t.co/UHq7aQ5gLJ
New Year's Day 2017 Sand Circle and community gathering....Mwnt, Ceredigion 1pm - sunset Bring food, drink, fir… https://t.co/fS2BkDqCxV
Sand circle on Tenby beach back in May on election day https://t.co/8U7Fs7BSAQ
Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
Sand artist Marc Treanor creates a work on the North Beach at Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Britain June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
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