Medics told the now 37-year-old’s mother to let him starve to death after he was born with a rare condition of the joints that left him with severely deformed limbs … and an upside-down head.
But despite his physical limitations, Claudio, from Monte Santo, Brazil, has defied doctors’ doubts to become an accountant and inspirational public speaker.
‘Since I was a child I’ve always liked to keep myself busy and work – I don’t like to depend totally on other people,’ he said. ‘I do a bit of accounting, research for clients and consulting. I have learned to turn on the TV, pick up my cell phone, turn on the radio, use the internet, my computer – I do it all by myself.’
He cannot use a wheelchair because of his unusual shape, making it hard for him to be independent outside the home – but he begged his mother to be allowed to go to school and learn with the other children
Claudio is just like any other person – that’s how he was raised in this house.
‘We never tried to fix him and always wanted him to do the normal things everyone else does.That’s why he is so confident. He is not ashamed of walking around in the street – he sings and he dances.’ At eight years old, Claudio, who had previously been carried everywhere, began to walk on his knees.
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