A physically challenged man born with his head Upside-down has defied the odds to become an inspirational public speaker.
Claudio Vieira de Oliveira, a Brazilian, 37, was born with his neck folded back on itself, as well as badly deformed legs and almost no use of his arms and hands too.
Doctors told his Mom to stop feeding him as a new-born, as they believed he had no chance of survival. But the disable has overcome his extreme disadvantages to graduate as an accountant and become a 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. 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 said.
He types with a pen held in his mouth, operates phones and Computer mouse with his lips and has specially made shoes that allow him to move around town.
When Claudio was born, doctor said he will not survive, but…
“People started saying ‘the baby is going to die’ because he could barely breathe when he was born. Some people would say: ‘Don’t feed him, he is already dying’. But there’s only happiness now. 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.”