My blog buddy Ric, posted the inspirational video below, of Nick Vujicic, born without limbs. In a quick search on the Internet I found two other stories of individuals who have also overcome this disability. If I took more time I am sure I would find others.
One hundred years ago Nick Vujicic, Hirotada Otoake and Bukuru Nyandwi would have been put out on the street with a bowl to beg, if they survived their childhood at all.
All of use need spirit, and will, to overcome our own disabilities, which each us has, some mental, some physical. We all can learn from the example set by Nick Vujicic, Hirotada Otoake and Bukuru Nyandwi.
Nick Vujici’s bio on Wikipedia:
The first-born child in his devout Serbian Orthodox family, Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Australia with the rare Tetra-amelia disorder: limbless, missing both arms at shoulder level, and legless but with two small feet, one of which has two toes.
His web site, “Life Without Limbs”
2) Hirotada Otoake
“Hirotada Ototake was born in 1976 with tetra-amelia, a congenital condition that left him with almost no arms or legs. It was his further misfortune to be born in Japan. Japan is a country notorious for its rough treatment of the physically and mentally handicapped. They have endured decades of being ignored, personally and politically. Fortunately for Hirotada, his parents did not despair or give up on him. In fact, they determined that, as far as possible, he would live a “normal” life. This means that he was given no special treatment either at home or at school, and ended up participating in school activities and sports. The only ‘special thing they did for him was to order a highly advanced, electronic wheelchair. He used this to play basketball; and pulled himself around on his behind for the 50-meter dash. One time, he had his friends take him up Mount Kobo.”
3) Bukuru Nyandwi, also born without arms and legs, a refugee from Burundi is finding a new life in the United States.
To write with a pencil or eat a cup of ice cream, Bukuru Nyandwi tilts his head and balances the item between his chin and shoulder.
Born without arms or legs, he has learned ways to compensate. Writing takes longer, but he manages the curves and lines to make letters.
“I’m good the way I am,” said Bukuru, a 16-year-old who emigrated from the African country of Burundi. He came with his family to the United States last year.
“I am happy the way I am. It’s the way I was born. I have to be happy. My brother helps me. I can walk around the house by myself,” he says, speaking through an interpreter.
“I take him the way God gave him to me,” said Bukuru’s mother, Cecelia Ntamiwishimiro, a widow who lives in a town house apartment in South Richmond with Bukuru, her three daughters, a grandson, and Bukuru’s twin brother, Toyi, who was born normal. There is little medical information on what causes such a birth defect or why Bukuru’s twin did not have a similar defect. Bukuru’s medical records refer to the condition as congenital transverse amputation of all four limbs. Other researchers use the term deficiency instead of amputation to better describe the missing limbs. Studies suggest various factors might contribute to the defects — with genes and environmental exposures high on the list.