Tetra-amelia is a word made up of two Greek words: “tetra” meaning four and “amelia” referring to the failure of an arm or leg to develop before birth. This rare disorder is characterized by an absence of all four limbs.
Nicholas James Vujicic, born 4 December 1982, was born with Tetra-amelia; he has no arms and no legs. “Nick”, as he is called, was the eldest son of a Croatian family living in Brisbane, Australia. He was born limbless although has two feet, both toeless except for two toes on one foot. Other than this disability, he was born perfectly healthy.
His story is remarkable in how such a person could manage in a world where the rest of us contend with everyday life with arms and legs. According to Wikipedia: He learned to write using the two toes on his left foot with a special grip that slid onto his big toe. He learned to use a computer and type using the “heel and toe” method. He learned to throw tennis balls, play drum pedals, get himself a glass of water, comb his hair, brush his teeth, answer the phone and shave.
Somewhere along the way, Nick realized that he could inspire others. At the age of seventeen he started a non-profit organisation called Life Without Limbs and became a motivational speaker as well as a preacher.
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Wikipedia: Nick Vujicic
Nicholas James Vujicic (born 4 December 1982) is a preacher and motivational speaker – born with Tetra-amelia, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. He struggled as a child, eventually came to terms with his disability and started his own non-profit organization Life Without Limbs – at age seventeen. He is widely known as a motivational speaker, giving talks wordwide on life with a disability, hope, and finding meaning in life.
Tetra-amelia syndrome, also called Autosomal recessive tetraamelia, is a very rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Other areas of the body are also affected by malformations, such as the face, skull, reproductive organs, anus and pelvis. The disorder is caused by mutations in the WNT3 gene.
An autosome is a chromosome that is not a sex chromosome, or allosome; that is to say, there is an equal number of copies of the chromosome in males and females. For example, in humans, there are 22 pairs of autosomes. In addition to autosomes, there are sex chromosomes, to be specific: X and Y. So, humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes.
Wikipedia: Hirotada Ototake
Hirotada Ototake (born April 6, 1976) is a Japanese sports writer from Tokyo, Japan.
Born without arms and legs due to a genetic disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome, Ototake is most notable for his 1998 memoir No One’s Perfect. Within a year of publication, the book became the third-best-selling book in Japan since World War II. It has since been translated into English.
After publishing his autobiography, Ototake became a successful sports journalist. In 2007, he took a job as a primary school (first through sixth grades) teacher at Suginami Dai-Yon Elementary School in Tokyo.
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Jacqueline Saburido, born in 1978 in Venezuela, went to the United States in 1999 to study English. [Her] vehicle was hit by an SUV driven by a man… who was drunk. … Jacqueline was trapped in the car, one foot stuck underneath his seat. The car caught fire and Jacqueline suffered burns over 60% of her body. The consequence of this tragic accident, Jacqueline lost all the fingers of both hands, hair, ears, nose, lips, eyelid of the left eye and most of her sight. Since the accident she has had more than 50 surgeries and supposedly, others will follow.
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