The 22-year-old was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Hanhart syndrome, a rare medical condition that resulted in him having no limbs. As a baby, he was adopted by American parents, Janelle and Ron Adams, and he grew up with 13 siblings in Utah.
Adams credited his parents with pushing him to be independent from a young age.
“Some of my proudest moments in my life would be learning how to walk, learning how to get myself dressed, going up and down the stairs, getting into my wheelchair, taking my own notes in school; graduating, taking second in a dance competition and being a motivational speaker. Being able to look back at all those moments and see how far I have come,” Adams told the Metro.
“I have been able to accomplish so much and I think it is funny when people say, ‘Do you wish you had prosthetics?’ and my answer is always, no, because I have already come so far in my independence without them,” Adams told the Metro. “I like my body the way it is and I am proud of what it is capable of doing.”
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