Girija Srinivas could appear like a toddler, however she is definitely a
teenager trapped in a two-year-old’s physique.
The 19-year-old, from Bangalore in India, was born with
congenital agenesis, that means her limbs failed to completely develop
and leaving her simply two and a half toes tall and weighing a
Her head is so heavy compared to her physique she is unable to
even sit up and docs have mentioned that there’s a likelihood she
might endure a fracture if she tries to rotate her neck
Her situation means struggles to even do essentially the most
primary family chores by herself.
However towards the chances, and together with her family and friends behind
her, Girija is carving out a profession as an artist.
“I do not like anybody pitying me, I’ve proven everybody what my
capabilities are,” Girija mentioned.
“My mom helps me with consuming and different regular issues. However
whereas I am portray and drawing I would like no one’s assist. I do it
“I promote 5 to 6 work per thirty days, which makes me between
eight,000 and 10,000 rupees (£86-108).
“I’ve to take care of my dad and mom and I must have the
monetary capability to do this.”
Girija lives together with her dad and mom and an older brother within the South
Indian metropolis of Bangalore, the place her father is a tailor and her
mom devotes herself full-time to her care.
Nanda Baayi, Girija’s mom, mentioned: “We confronted difficulties from
the start. Even now, it is powerful for us to take care of her.
There’s immense ache in our coronary heart.
“When she was born, she was not like different infants. When the
docs informed us that her situation was everlasting, it broke our
hearts.” However regardless of her dad and mom fears for her future, Girija
desires of an unbiased life – and hopes her artwork will help her
She mentioned: “I do not need to be common due to my uncommon well being
situation however I need to be well-known sometime for my artwork.
“I are not looking for sympathy, I need recognition.”
“I’ve an intention to attain extra in life. It is my dream to go
overseas and obtain one thing huge.”
Girija might by no means go to highschool due to her situation, however
she says she isn’t too keen on finding out anyway.
“I’m not unhappy for not going to highschool. I do not care about it
an excessive amount of,” she mentioned.
However like most different ladies her age, ‘s time – when
not drawing – is taken up watching TV and enjoying together with her pet.
Girija has been on the receiving finish of merciless taunts about her
dimension, however says she has a big circle of mates in her
“Individuals say many issues about me, snort at me and name me mad.
They even marvel how my father is taking care of me,” she mentioned.
“However my members of the family deal with me as a traditional particular person and I’ve
many mates of my age.
“They by no means tease me that I’m a toddler.
“I’m not unhappy for being too small and unable to stroll or transfer
like a traditional particular person.” Girija’s father earns lower than £5 a
day, making it onerous for the household to get her even essentially the most
primary medical remedy.
However regardless of their relative poverty, mum Nanda says she helps
Girija’s desires of independence.
“I’m assured sufficient to inform that she will be self-dependent.
It’s her dream too,” she mentioned.