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Born Different showcases amazing individuals across the globe, who despite serious medical challenges, have risen to take on the world with a bold heart. Our stories follow amazing people as they challenge stereotypes, break-down barriers and battle to prove they have what it takes to succeed. Inspiring, poignant and humbling, each of our characters force you to leave your assumptions at the door.
A MAN born without thighs is one of only 25 people in the world born with the condition. Nathan Hrdlicka, 34 from Santa Fe, New Mexico, has bilateral PFFD (Proximal femoral focal deficiency) type D - which means his knee bones are directly beneath his hip bones. As well as being only one in 25 people with the condition, he is the only one in the world who is able to walk. Despite his condition, Nathan, is in a loving relationship with his girlfriend, Chelsee Stuart, 19 who is at least a foot taller than him. Due to the location of his knee bones, Nathan's height is 4ft 6in, however doctors have said he would have grown to be over 6ft 4in.
AN 11-year-old boy with a rare form of dwarfism is one-in-a-million. Levi Krystosek, 11, has a rare form of dwarfism called Jansen Metaphyseal Chondrodysplasia, which affects the growth of bones and causes considerable pain, meaning he is only 38 inches tall. There are approximately only 30 known cases of JMC in the world, and five genetically confirmed cases in the US.
AN INDIAN boy has stunned locals with his incredible body-bending abilities. Yash Shah, 18, from Surat in India can rotate his hands and legs at 360 degrees, and fingers and neck at 180 degrees. He can also dislocate his arms and legs, and squeeze his body through a tennis racket. Yash is now dreaming of fame and earning a Guinness World Record.
GROWING up as teenager is never easy, especially for Vinicios Sardi who was born without his lower legs. But six years ago the 21-year-old Brazilian found a way to accept his disability - skateboarding. Vinicios, from Sao Paulo in Brazil, admits he had always felt ashamed about his condition but that his passion for skateboarding is greater than the shame he felt about his legs. His ambition is now to become a professional skateboarder.
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