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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."

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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.

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.

“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."

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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