Monday, May 10, 2010
No Arms, No Kneecaps, No Problem
Wow...32-year-old Sheila Radziewicz (--pronounced 'Rad-zuh-wich' lives in Peabody, Massachusetts (--about a half-hour north of Boston). And as a result of a congenital birth defect, she was born without arms or kneecaps, and with her feet facing toward each other.
It's a condition called 'TAR' syndrome. (--That's short for thrombuh-SEE-toh-PEHnya with Absent Radius.) And it means that while Sheila has hands and fingers, they're at the base of her torso by her shoulders, where her arms would have started.
But she's had success with surgeries and leg braces, and three years ago, she started taking martial arts. And next month she'll test for her black belt in Taekwondo.
Obviously, some of her training is different to accommodate her condition. But that might not mean what you think. For instance, when she's demonstrating her use of nunchucks, Sheila sometimes uses her teeth to grip the weapon. (???)
Oh, and she drives a specially-designed car with only her feet, and works as an advocate in the court system for women who've been victims of domestic violence.
(The Salem News)
(Check out Sheila in action - CLICK HERE NOW.)