Man Born With Unique Condition Doesn't Have Thighs | BORN DIFFERENT

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Published: November 3, 2017

Nathan Hrdlicka, 34 from Santa Fe, New Mexico, is suffering from an incredibly rare medical condition called bilateral PFFD (Proximal femoral focal deficiency) type D - which means his knee bones are directly beneath his hip bones. As well as being only one in 25 people with the condition, he is the only one in the world who is able to walk.

Despite his condition, Nathan, is in a loving relationship with his girlfriend, Chelsee Stuart, 19 who is at least a foot taller than him. Nathan’s height is 4ft 6in, however doctors have said he would have grown to be over 6ft 4in. The couple met on Facebook on a healing page and hit it off immediately, even though initially Chelsee had a problem with their height difference.

Since his condition makes him unable to walk, he wakes up everyday and chooses to do that. But this means that he is walking on the tips on the bones, which eventually bring on pain.

Chelsee said: "When we first met I did think the height difference was going to be a sort of problem because this was my first time really being with someone that shorter than me. It took us a lot of time to really learn what works and what doesn’t work but eventually now everything works."

Casual walks on the street often take longer because of people’s curious nature. Some ask questions, but not all have nice things to say about his condition, picking him about his height and calling him a midget.

"I don’t see myself as different. When people come up to me that’s the first thing they are seeing is my <a href="" target="_blank">disability</a>" says Nathan. "My disability is something that doesn’t define me."

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Videographer / director: Claudio ‘Fiore’ Fiordellisi
Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper

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