How the baby born with the upside-down head has defied doctors

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Resourceful Claudio Vieira de Oliveira knows more than a thing or two about overcoming adversity.

1409565800591_wps_1_EXCLUSIVE_CONDITION_OF_USMedics told the now-37-year-old’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 despite his physical limitations, Claudio, from Monte Santo, Brazil, has defied doctors’ doubts 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.’

Claudio types with a pen held in his mouth, operates phones and a computer mouse with his lips and has specially made shoes that allow him to shuffle around town.

His 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 breath 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.’

At eight years old, Claudio, who had previously been carried everywhere, began to walk on his knees.

WHAT IS ARTHROGRYPOSIS?

Congenital arthrogryposis is a rare condition that causes curved joints in several areas of the body at birth.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not a deformation of the joints themselves, but one of the tissue that surrounds them, thus fusing joints in place.

It is caused by a number of factors, including lack of space in the uterus, muscle abnormalities, nerve abnormalities, blood circulation problems and maternal illness.

The condition is present in about one in every 3,000 babies and is usually detected before birth.

Treatment options include physiotherapy, splinting and surgery.

1409566213763_Image_galleryImage__EXCLUSIVE_CONDITION_OF_UHis family had to change the floor of the house so he could walk around without injuring himself.

Claudio’s bed, plugs and lights had to be made lower so that he could do things for himself without asking for help.

He cannot use a wheelchair because of his unusual shape, making it hard for him to be independent outside the home – but he begged his mother to be allowed to go to school and learn with the other children.

Doctors have recently diagnosed him with a rare condition called congenital arthrogryposis.

They 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.’

He is not the only person with the disease who has refuse to let it overcome his life.

In February, MailOnline told the story of Leanne Beetham who became a celebrated photographer and artist whose paintings of wildlife – which she creates by holding a paintbrush in her mouth – have sold for hundreds of pounds.

Miss Beetham, who has a degree in applied animal behaviour, uses paint and graphite to make her images, which can take more than eight hours to complete at a sitting.

In 2006 one of her paintings was sold for £750 at Christies in London in aid of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Her exhibition last year in Hull raised money for the Withernsea RNLI, helping to replace equipment which had been stolen.

Texting while driving, woman impaled through buttocks

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A woman says she was texting and driving when she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks.

Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole to get the woman out.

1409540864000-butt-1-2-Christina Jahnz says she was in the parking lot of Elizabeth Middle School on Wednesday morning to deliver her daughter’s saxophone, which had been left at home. As she was driving away from the school, Jahnz started texting her friend.

“I was running late for a business meeting, so I did a voice text. I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed,” Jahnz said.

Then, Jahnz realized that the guardrail pole went through the front of her truck, through her buttocks and into the back of her seat. Elizabeth firefighters rushed to the scene, where she says they used a saw to cut the front and back end of the pole before rushing her to Parker Adventist Hospital.

“I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I’m truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out,” Jahnz said.

After a four-day stay in the hospital, Jahnz was released late Sunday night. She will be able to get around with the help of a walker and is expected to make a full recovery.

Jahnz says even though she was going 20 mph and looked down for only a split second, she has learned a lesson she will never forget.

“It’s devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don’t text and drive,” Jahnz said.

Woman survives camel tow accident

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camelOn hump day, flip-flops triggered an auto crash in Wisconsin, according to police who reported that one of the vehicles involved was hauling a camel.

The accident Wednesday was caused when Kelly Ellison, a 28-year-old Milwaukee woman wearing flip-flops, somehow got her footwear caught and “was unable to stop at the stop sign.” Her auto was then hit by a pickup truck pulling a trailer containing a camel named Eli.

A press release from the Caledonia Police Department reports that Ellison and her three-year-old child were not injured in the crash. However, the other driver–whose truck went into a ditch–suffered leg and back injuries.

The camel, a resident of Jo Don Farms, survived the accident unscathed and will return to work giving small children rides on its back.

GIANT Wasps’ Nest Discovered On Woman’s Guest Bed

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These guests had to go.

Protected from head to toe like “someone going to the Moon,” an exterminator on Sunday removed a three-foot wasps’ nest from a guest room bed in Winchester, England.

“I have never ever in my 40 odd years [on the job] seen something like this before,” John Birkett of Longwood Services Pest Control told The Huffington Post.

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The nest, which burrowed into the mattress, housed 5,000 wasps and took three months for the insects to build, he estimated.

But it took Birkett only a few hours to destroy. He said he first sealed the windows and fumigated the worker wasps buzzing about, then injected the nest with powder in four places. After 10 minutes he returned to the room and began to break up the nest, which had a papier-mâché consistency. He then disposed of the nest in the garden.

The woman who lives in the home called Birkett after her son went to look for something in the unused spare room and found the wasps had colonized the space, most likely through an open window.

The woman “understandably” did not want to be identified, he said.

Although he had a job to do, Birkett felt “a bit sorry” that he had to destroy something the wasps had worked so hard to build. “I stood with amazement looking at it,” he said. “If we could get humans to work together like this, we’d be in business.”

Cameo Crispi On Trial For Allegedly Setting Fire To Ex’s Home With Bacon

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n-CRISPI-largeA Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend’s house will stand trial on arson charges.

Police say Cameo Adawn Crispi, 32, repeatedly called and texted her former flame from his home in March, where she left the bacon over a lit burner.

The Deseret News reports the man wasn’t home and called police saying he wanted Crispi out of his house. Officers arrived and saw smoke flowing out the front door. Inside, they found hot coals on the floor around an open wood stove and the burned bacon.

Charging documents say Crispi’s blood-alcohol level was 0.346, four times the legal limit.

Crispi is due back in court in October to face arson, burglary and other charges.

Testicle-Eating Pacu Fish Found in Michigan Lake

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Holley Luft was fishing with her husband at Michigan’s Lake St. Claire last week when she reeled in an unusual-looking fish. At first she thought it was a bluegill, a panfish common to North America, but then she opened its mouth and saw big, human-like teeth. Luft had caught herself a pacu, aka “the ball cutter.”

Native to South America, the omnivorous freshwater fish is usually found in the Amazon and the rivers of Papua New Guinea. However, the pacu find in Michigan is just the most recent sighting in U.S. waterways, where aquarium owners allegedly dump the fish after finding them too big or too aggressive. In addition to Luft’s 14-inch specimen, pacus have been found in Illinois and New Jersey in recent years.

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A relative of the piranha, the pacu’s regular diet consists of tree nuts, but it has also been known to eat human flesh—leading to its sullied reputation for testicle chomping. When a wild pacu was found in waters off Denmark, Henrik Carl of the Natural History Museum of Denmark warned male swimmers to keep their trunks tied tight. “They bite because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouths,” he said. “And its mouth is not so big, so of course it normally eats nuts, fruit and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target. It’s not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen.”

While his comments were meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, the predilection is not completely unfounded. Two men in Papua New Guinea allegedly died in 2011 after pacus castrated them, and a toddler required surgery when one of the fish (originally misreported to be a piranha) bit her finger at Scottish wildlife center in 2004.

Our takeaway? Dangling bits beware.

‘Dead’ Brazilian Starts Moving In Body Bag, Revealing He’s Very Much Alive

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Valdelucio Goncalves may have died from a heart attack, but it’s his brother who will likely need a heart checkup after finding his supposedly deceased sibling alive in a body bag.

n-VALDELUCIO-GONCALVES-largeDoctors declared Goncalves, 54, dead in Salvador, Brazil after “respiratory and multiple organ failure,” the Daily Mail reported this week. His family was notified and made arrangements for the funeral later that day.

Goncalves’ brother, Walterio, was let into the morgue to dress the body when he noticed something weird.

“As I got closer I could see it wriggling. Then I saw it raising and falling as if he was breathing,” he told the Mirror. “I went crazy and shouted for the medical team, the nurse, so they could see what was happening. They checked him and confirmed that he was still alive.”

The staff had to rush to free him; his body had been tied up and his nose and ears were filled with cotton wool, according to the BBC.

The Menandro de Farias Hospital, whose doctors declared Goncalves dead, has launched an investigation.

His niece, Patricia Cintra, told local newspaper Correio 24 Horas that the family was not only mortified — they’d paid for everything.

“We had even bought a coffin and paid a deposit for the funeral,” she said.

Still, she said her prayers had been answered when she found out her uncle was alive. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer three months before the heart attacks.

Goncalves can’t speak, but he wrote a letter claiming that he was brought back from death by a Brazilian saint.

“I, Valdelucio, saw death at my feet, but my faith was so great that I was cured,” he wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “Before Irma Dulce I said, do a miracle in me, and she heard my prayer. I saw my mother telling me, son, hold onto her and you will be saved.”