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Everyone Can Stare, But They Don't Care! Man Born Without Thighs Found Love With A Woman A Foot Taller Than Him

Date March 5, 2019 12:59

Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) is a birth defect that causes a person to miss hip bones and proximal femurs. As a result, legs end up shortened and the ability to walk is severely compromised.

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It's an extremely rare condition that occurs in 1-2 in 100,000 live births. Amputation is possible for people living with the condition, but most cases differ from each other, so this option isn't suitable for everyone.

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One of the few people living with PFFD proves that it's possible to enjoy life with this condition and even find love.

Love and inspiration conquer all

Nathan Hrdlicka was born with type D PFFD. Through perseverance, he's figured out how to walk and perform the everyday tasks that make him relatively independent. According to Nathan:

There are only 25 people on the world that have grade D. As far as I've been told I'm the only one that has figured out how to walk.

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34-year-old Nathan lives with his long-term girlfriend Chelsee Stuart, despite the big difference in height. 4ft 6in Hrdlicka is almost a foot shorter than Chelsee, but it's not a problem for the couple.

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Stuart recalls adjusting to her boyfriend's condition:

When we first met I did think that height difference was going to be sort of a 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 now it's just like normal. 

Together, Nathan and Chelsee run a small jewelry business, because Hrdlicka can't handle a regular job. Although he can walk, it takes a toll on him, and after a while it gets painful.

Despite his limitations, Nathan works hard to live a full life, and Chelsee adores him for his strength:

Having Nathan by my side all the time is like having the greatest teacher that you could have in life. He really inspires me and shows me that I can do anything that I put my mind to just by simply being him.

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Nathan is truly an inspiration and we admire his incredible spirit!

Another couple that defied height difference

Amanda Fyfe has become the tiniest bride standing only at 2ft 8in due to Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a birth defect that causes fragile bones and stunted growth

 Fyfe couldn't even dream about finding love until she found her soulmate, Steven. The two fell in love against the odds and got married in a beautiful ceremony.

Amanda is finally absolutely happy and can't believe how lucky she is to have found Steven. As Fyfe told Mirror

It sounds cheesy but I really have found Heaven with Steven. When I was younger, I was so scared I wouldn’t be able to find a boyfriend because of my size. But all my dreams have come true and I’ve met the perfect man. He’s never cared about my height and loves me the way I am.

These stories show that nothing can stop true love! 

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