Afflicted with a rare medical condition that only affects 25 people in the entire world, Nathan Hrdlicka, 34, was born without thighs – but he didn’t let that limit him. His story is a testament to us all that wonderful things happen to those who hold on to hope and persevere in life.
Nathan has bilateral proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) type D which means his knee bones are placed under his hip bones. Life has been difficult because of his condition but he never gave up – and he later even found true love.
Despite being born with bilateral proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) type D, Nathan keeps a positive outlook in life.
In his own words, he said:
“I don’t see myself as different. When people come up to me that’s the first thing they are seeing, my disability. My disability is something that doesn’t define me.”
“There’s only 25 people in the world with my condition,” shared Nathan. “It makes me feel pretty unique”
It is worth-nothing though that out of the 25 people with PFFD, only Nathan has the ability to walk. This just goes to show how he doesn’t let his disability get in the way of living his life.
Eventually, he found true love with Chelsee – whom he met through social media.
The couple met online via Facebook and they have since fallen in love with each other.
As Nathan described Chelsee:
“Chelsee supports me emotionally as a friend in a way that I never had in my life.
“When I am sick she is there making sure there is everything she can do to make me feel better. Whether it is to put a smile on my face or a glass of cold water.”
What’s great is that the couple does not allow opinions of other people to affect their relationship at all.
“Some people are very curious and give us these looks like ‘What is going on’ just because of our height difference and then a lot of people are drawn to us.
“We are both very energetic and vibrant together, so people are more curious and they come up to us and ask questions.
“They eventually see the love that we have and the friendship that we have.”
The 19-year-old lady, however, was quick to admit the height difference was initially an issue.
“When we first met I did think the height difference was going to be sort of a problem because this was my first time really being with someone 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.”
Watch their inspiring story here:
Currently, the couple is hoping to raise $25,000 to cover for his medical expenses since Nathan doesn’t have insurance and no longer gets disability checks. They’ve also set up a GoFundMe page for those willing to help.
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