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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments





Sup Travellers?! Seeing the world from a different perspective is sometimes all it takes to gain fresh insight and  37-year-old Claudio Vieira de Oliveira from Monte Santo, Brazil is a testament to that.

Medics told Claudio's mother to let him starve to death after he was born with a rare condition of the joints that left him with severely deformed limbs ... and an upside-down head. But little did the medics know that Claudio would have grown up to become an accountant and inspirational 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," he said. "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."

His determined independence saw him succeeding at school and qualifying as an accountant from the State University of Feira de Santana.

When Claudio was born, doctors told his mother Maria Jose he would not be able to survive.

Maria Jose said: "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."

Doctors believe he has multiple joint contractions in his legs and arms which mean they cannot extend properly.

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."

If Claudio could make it and become successful in what he does then I don't think anyone of us should really have an excuse. SCREW EXCUSES!!! Claudio was determined to graduate and become an accountant and inspirational speaker and that's exactly what he did. Claudio's journey, in itself, is an inspiration. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informe