Unbelievable but true. Claudio Vieira de Oliveira from Monte Santo, Brazil was given a zero chance of survival after he was born with the astonishing condition. Claudio has badly deformed legs, almost no use of his arms and hands and his neck is folded back on itself.
Doctors told his mother Maria Jose, to stop feeding him as a newborn as they believed he had no chance of survival.
But this inspirational man, from Monte Santo, Brazil, has proven them all wrong by overcoming his extreme disadvantages to graduate from university as an accountant and become a public speaker.
Claudio (37) had always wanted to be independent and begged his mother from a young age to let him go to school – despite not being able to use a wheelchair because of his unusual shape.
His first stroke of self-reliance came at eight-years-old when he began to walk on his knees after years of being carried around everywhere by friends and family.
Following this, he had his bed, plugs and lights made lower so that he could do things for himself without asking for help.
Over the years he has taught himself how to type with a pen in his mouth and operate a phone and computer mouse with his lips.
He also has specially made shoes that allow him to shuffle around town – giving him the chance to do more for himself.
Doctors have recently diagnosed him with a rare condition called congenital Arthrogryposis.
They believe he has multiple joint contractions in his legs and arms which mean they cannot extend properly.
To watch a video on how Claudio Vieira de Oliveira does his daily work, just click HERE.
Claudio 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.
“Nowadays it’s much easier to deal with the public, I’m not afraid of it anymore and I can say that I am a professional, international public speaker and that I receive invitations from all over the world.”
We at Durgapuradda would like to take this opportunity to salute this incredible man who has defied all odds and proved that there is nothing “IMPOSSIBLE” for human being to achieve. As the word “impossible” has in itself “I Am Possible”.