Man Born With “Upside-Down Head” Defies Doctors To Become A Public Speaker

“Throughout my life I was able to adapt my body to the world. Right now, I don’t see myself as being different.”

1. This is 37-year-old Claudio Vieira de Oliveira.

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The Brazilian is thought to suffer from congenital arthrogryposis, a condition which causes curved joints, resulting in his head being permanently twisted back over his neck.

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2. According to Barcroft Media, doctors told his mother to stop feeding him when he was a child, as it was thought he had no chance of survival.

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But de Oliveira has overcome immense odds to become a public speaker and graduate as an accountant from the State University of Feira de Santana.

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3. “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,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

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“I do a bit of accounting, research for clients and consulting.

“I have learned to turn on the TV, pick up my cellphone, turn on the radio, use the internet, my computer – I do it all by myself.”

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4. De Oliveira does not see himself as being different, saying: “I am a normal person.”

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5. His story appears on Body Bizarre, which starts on 4 September at 9pm on TLC. This is footage from his own YouTube channel.

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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