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9-YEAR-OLD Lauran Mayeaux from New Orleans, Louisiana has arthrogryposis – a condition that has left her unable to use her arms or legs. The rare disorder Lauran was born with causes abnormal fibrosis of the muscle tissue, resulting in muscle shortening and therefore affecting the joints. In Lauran’s case, this means she’s unable to use her arms and legs at all and she uses a wheelchair to get around – a chair that she steers with her mouth. Lauran told Truly: “I need help with everything, if I want to get out of bed, I need help, if I want to get dressed I need help, I took a shower this morning, someone had to help me.” At birth, doctors initially told Lauran’s parents their daughter wouldn’t live through the night. However, the 3ft 9" tall sophomore in college has defied the odds ever since; the teenager is studying mass communications and is set to have a career in social media. She now has over 42k followers on TikTok and uses her social media platform for disability awareness.
Videographer: Lily Keber
Producer: Stephanie Stijkel, Ruby Coote
Editor: Cecilia Brunelli
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