Girija Sirinivas is 19 years old. While others her age are in a university or out partying, Girija gets around in a stroller like a two-year old, with the help of her mom. Born in Bangalore, India, she has a rare condition called congenital agenesis of the bones. Her limbs failed to grow normally or fully develop.

As a result, she is just two and a half feet tall and weighing only 12kg. Like a curse, she is forever trapped in a toddler’s body.

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This condition makes it hard for her to do everyday tasks, even sitting up because her head is heavier than her body. Her family cares for her, much like one would do for a toddler.

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Her mother shares that doctors told them that the condition was permanent. And it hurts her to see her child suffer that way.

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But with her bravery and support, she is slowly getting a name as an artist. She makes around 8,000 to 10,000 rupees selling her drawings each month.
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One day, she hopes to achieve financial independence.
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She is thankful for the support of her mom, who helps her with eating and getting around. Painting however, makes her feel independent as it is the only thing she does by herself.

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“I don’t want anyone to pity me, I want to show them my capacity.”

“I don’t want to be popular because of my rare health condition but I want to be famous someday for my art.

“I do not want sympathy, I want recognition. I have an aim to achieve more in life. It’s my dream to go abroad and achieve something big.”

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Giriji is a true artist and a fighter. But what makes her more amazing is how she is able to look beyond her limitations.