Manami Ito Lost Her Arm In 2004, But That Hasn’t Stopped Her From Picking Up The Violin – Watch Her Beautiful Solo Performance
Music is one of the few things in the world that transcends the language barrier that separates us. Whether we are conscious of it or not, it is part of our everyday lives. You might hear a ringtone on the bus to work, the chirp of a bird, or the stereotypical elevator music.
Back in 2004, Manami Ito was studying hard for her vocation as a nurse. In Japan, becoming a nurse is quite common, as there is a lack of them leaving many positions open for the taking. Unfortunately, for the nursing student, that career was not in the cards.
That same year in November, Ito was involved in a terrible car accident that caused her to lose the entirety of her right arm. Despite losing a limb, it was not enough to stop the woman from achieving success in her life.
The young Japanese woman went to a facility that specialized in prosthetics, and designed an arm especially for her. It greatly improved her quality of life and motivated her to do more than just study nursing.
At the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, Manami Ito placed 4th in the 100 meter breaststroke and 12th at the 2012 London Paralympics.
One of the things Manami Ito loved doing the most? Playing the violin. After having one specially designed to help her play, she began performing around the entire country of Japan.
She performed most recently on September 2, 2018 at the Takarazuka City General Welfare Center in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
The young woman has not let her dream of nursing go, and went back to studying. She is now the first nurse in the entire country to have a prosthetic.
When you are dealt a bad hand like Ito, you have to work twice as hard. Her story is a great one to draw inspiration from.
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