See 24 Year Old Lady Trapped In The Body Of A Young Child
Girija Srinivas has congenital agenesis, meaning her body did not develop
She is only 2.5ft and weighs just 12kg, the same as a two-year-old, she Cannot sit up or carry things and needs her mother to care for her full time. But she works as an artist and dreams of supporting herself financially. At first glance, she may look like a toddler. But Girija Srinivas is in fact 24 Years old – a lady trapped in the body of a young child.
She suffers from a rare medical condition called congenital agenesis of the bones, which has led to her body failing to develop and grow properly. As a result, she is just 2.5ft and weighs a mere 12kg, the same weight as an average two-year-old. Miss Srinivas cannot sit up because her head is so heavy in comparison to her body, and she is unable to lift anything beyond a cup of coffee.
Girija Srinivas, 24, was born with congenital agenesis of the bones, a rare condition meaning her body failed to develop and grow properly. She is 2.5ft and weighs 12kg, the same as a two-year-old
Miss Srinivas cannot sit up because her head is heavier than her body, and her mother must care for her full time. But she says she is able to draw without anyone’s help, and loves to do so
Doctors have also warned that there is a chance she could suffer a fracture if she tries to rotate her neck quickly, and she also has breathing problems. Her condition means she struggles with even the most basic of household tasks and must be cared for by her mother.
But Miss Srinivas has defied the odds and is carving out a career as an artist, dreaming of being independent enough to look after her parents financially.
She said: ‘I don’t like anyone pitying me, I have shown everyone what my capabilities are.
‘My mother helps me with eating and other normal things. But while I’m painting and drawing I need nobody’s help. I do it myself. ‘I sell five to six paintings per month, which makes me between 8,000 and 10,000 rupees (£86-108). ‘I have to look after my parents and I need to have the financial capacity to do that.’
Miss Srinivas lives with her family in Bangalore, where her father is a tailor and her mother devotes herself full-time to her care.
Doctors do not know what is causing Miss Srinivas’ condition, and her family cannot afford her medical care.
As a baby her family were told her condition was incurable, which they said was ‘heartbreaking’
Miss Srinivas has defied the odds and is carving out a career as an artist, dreaming of being independent enough to look after her parents financially
Miss Srinivas lives with her father, a tailor, and her mother, her carer. Her mother Nanda Baayi, said it is difficult to see her daughter with this condition. She said:
‘There is immense pain in our heart’ . ‘When she was born, she was not like other babies. When the doctors told us that her condition was permanent, it broke our hearts.’
Miss Srinivas’ father earns less than £5 a day, making it hard for the family to get her even the most basic medical treatment. She needs further evaluation by doctors to discover what the cause of her condition is.
Doctors say oxygen cylinders or continuous positive airway pressure therapy – a machine that helps a person breathe more easily – could help tackle her respiratory issues, according to the Bangalore Mirror. I don’t want to be popular because of my rare health condition but I want to be famous someday for my art
However, these treatments would cost up to 15,000 rupees a month (£162), which the family simply cannot afford.
But despite her parents’ fears for her future, Miss Srinivas dreams of an independent life – and hopes her art will be her route to self-sufficiency. She said: ‘I don’t want to be popular because of my rare health condition – I want to be famous someday for my art.
‘I do not want sympathy, I want recognition.
‘I have an aim to achieve more in life. It’s my dream to go abroad and achieve something big.’
Miss Srinivas could never go to school because of her condition, but she says isn’t bothered.
‘I am not sad for not going to school. I don’t care about it too much,’ she said.
Miss Srinivas admits she has been on the receiving end of cruel taunts about her size, but says she has a large circle of friends in her neighbourhood. But like most other girls her age, when she is not drawing, she likes to watch TV.
‘People say many things about me, laugh at me and call me mad. They even wonder how my father is looking after me,’ she said.
‘But my family members treat me as a normal person and I have many friends of my age.
‘They never tease me that I am a toddler.
‘I am not sad for being too small and unable to walk or move like a normal person.’
And despite their relative poverty, her mother Nanda says she supports her daughter’s dreams of independence.
Finally, She said: ‘I am confident enough to tell that she can be self-dependent. It is her dream too.’