Doctors Said This Man Born With His Head Upside-Down Wouldn’t Survive. He Proves Them Wrong Every Day.
Claudio Vieira de Oliveira has a unique outlook on life, and now he’s sharing it with others.
The 37-year-old from Monte Santo, Brazil, wasn’t expected to survive after he was born with a severe form of congenital arthogryposis, a condition that causes limited range of motion in many joints that are stiff and crooked at birth, according to AMCSupport.org. From this, de Oliveira’s head is bent backwards. He also has little use of his arms and legs.
“When I was born, the doctor said I wouldn’t live longer than 24 hours,” he says in the video below.
De Oliveira’s limbs and spine were so deformed that when he was born, doctors told his mother to let him die, according to Metro UK. His mother refused to listen, and her son went on to thrive. He got an accountant’s degree and also works as an inspirational public speaker.
De Oliveira has overcome many obstacles on his own — teaching himself to use the computer by typing with a pen in his mouth and making special shoes to protect his knees and legs when walking around town, The Mirror reported.
“Since I was a child I’ve always liked to keep myself busy and work,” he said, according to the outlet. “I don’t like to depend totally on other people.”
His shape makes it impossible for him to use a wheelchair and therefore hard to get around, but he begged his family to let him go to school. At 8 years old, he began to walk around on his knees instead of being carried.
“Throughout my life I was able to adapt my body to the world,” he said, according to Metro UK. “Right now, I don’t see myself as being different. I am a normal person.”
To hear more of de Oliveira’s incredible story, tune in to TLC’s Body Bizarre, on Sept. 4 at 9 p.m.