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This Guy With Cerebral Palsy And His Carer Dressed As E.T. For Halloween And It’s Awesome

Angus and Nina even won $100 for their costume.

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This is Angus Thompson and his friend and carer, university student Nina Oyama.


Angus, who lives in Bathurst in central western NSW, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Nina has been his carer for two years, living in Sydney and traveling too and from Bathurst.

"The important thing to know about Angus is that he's got cerebral palsy, which means he can't control his movements, but his brain is completely fine," Nina told BuzzFeed News.

Most of the time, Angus and Nina just hang out, make stupid jokes, and listen to music – but with Halloween coming up, the pair decided they needed to sort out their costumes.

Nina told BuzzFeed News that she and Angus decided to dress up as Elliot and E.T. to try to win a $100 prize at a local pub.


"E.T. came about after we looked up different ideas to incorporate his wheels," she said. "I think at one point we were going to come as Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, but thought that it would be too obscure."

"Someone suggested Stephen Hawking but we thought that would be too obvious."


The whole costume took two days to make, and everything Nina and Angus used came from the tip or charity shops.


Nina also used her connections and managed to find a theatre student to paint Angus' face like E.T.

"We really wanted to commit!" she said.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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