Who would have thought that a man born with an upside-down head will become a motivational speaker and will inspire many people. He is Claudio Vieira de Oliveira who knows more than a thing or two about overcoming misfortune.
But despite of disability and obviously his physical limitations, Claudio, from Monte Santo, Brazil, has defied doctors’ doubts to become an accountant and inspirational public speaker.
Claudio Vieira de Oliveira has a rare degenerative disease of the joints that has left him without the use of his limbs and an upside-down head.
According to media source, during childhood he always liked to keep himself busy and work – basically the type of an individual who doesn’t want to depend on other people. He learned to turn on the TB, pick up the phone, turn on the radio, use the internet all by himself.
Doctors told his mother, Maria Jose Vieira Martins to starve him to death as they believed he had no chance of survival.
At eight years old, Claudio, who had previously been carried everywhere, began to walk on his knees.
WHAT IS ARTHROGRYPOSIS?
Congenital arthrogryposis is a rare condition that causes curved joints in several areas of the body at birth.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a deformation of the joints themselves, but one of the tissue that surrounds them, thus fusing joints in place.
It is caused by a number of factors, including lack of space in the uterus, muscle abnormalities, nerve abnormalities, blood circulation problems and maternal illness.
During an interview he said: Throughout my life I was able to adapt my body to the world. Right now, I don’t see myself as being different. I am a normal person.
‘I don’t see things upside-down. This is one of the things I always talk about in my interventions as a public speaker.
You really inspire the world Claudio.