Woman born without arms refuses to let her disability define her

Woman born without arms refuses to let her disability define her

- Tinyiko Gwambe was born without limbs but is currently studying to become a social worker

- The determined young lady already has 16 proud distinctions behind her name

- Tinyiko needs a specialised vehicle to move around comfortably and has started a BackaBuddy campaign to collect money for it

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Tinyiko Gwambe doesn't have properly developed limbs; she was born Tetra-amelia syndrome - a very rare condition.

The syndrome is the reason she doesn't have arms and it also causes malformations in other parts of her body, according to a report by IOL.

Despite this, Tinyiko (22) has not given up on life. She doesn't sit around and feel sorry for herself. Instead, Tinyiko inspires others to be grateful for what they have with her wonderfully positive attitude.

I was born an achiever.

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Tinyiko decided she will never let her disability keep her away from her dreams. She is studying at the University of Pretoria to become a social worker and already has 16 distinctions to boast with.

The young woman had bad experiences with social workers in her past and it inspired her to become one. She wants to give others the care she didn't receive.

The social workers kept changing and did not have the experience to take care of me. They did not understand my needs.
The painful truth is, sometimes I would go a day without eating. I felt that no one was looking out for me and I felt really alone.

To be the best possible social worker, Tinyiko needs to be able to move around comfortably, and for this, she needs a specialised vehicle.

Briefly.co.za learned that Tinyiko started a campaign to collect funds to help her pay for the vehicle, which needs to be imported from the UK.

Anyone with a kind enough heart can help by donating on her BackaBuddy page. Tinyiko needs R350 000 and have collected just over R9 000 so far.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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