Amazing Japanese Nurse Shows The World That Disability Shouldn’t Stop You

by Conscious Reminder

People like Manami Ito are rare gems. This woman of many talents became an Internet sensation when someone shared a video of her playing the violin so beautifully, and, believe it or not, she did it with a prosthetic arm. 

But that’s not ALL. Ito is also a champion Japanese paralympic swimmer and the first nurse in Japan with a prosthetic arm.

Many people blame it on their bad luck for not being successful at something they love. But, I doubt anyone who watched the video will be able to find and excuse for not achieving their goals. It simply motivates you; she gives you the much needed wind under your wings, telling you that sometimes, even one wing is enough to fly. So don’t be afraid.

There can also be a lot of excuses for why people fail at relationships, sports, family, etc. After watching the following video, you’ll stop blaming life and circumstances though. While there is a lot that can go wrong, so much can go right if one chooses to try.

Manami Ito lost her arm in a traffic accident back in November 2004. At the point she was attending nursing school and it was a major setback in her life, but she never gave up. She took this misfortunate event and turned it into a superpower.

It all started when she took up swimming for rehabilitation, and now she is a Paralympic swimmer.

She had to abandon her career but when she was taken to a facility to get her artificial arm, she was amazed by the people with disabilities playing basketball. She decided to begin swimming after that and also went back to study once again to become a nurse.

Now, she is a violinist, a nurse and a Paralympic swimmer. She truly does it all. During the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, she came in 4th in the 100m breaststroke and 8th at the 2012 London Paralympics. She’s the first nurse in Japan to have a prosthetic arm and shares violin performances around Japan.

In the video that is featured, she plays Thread, which is by Miyuki Nakajima on September 2nd at the Takarazuka Center General Welfare Center. After being posted on Facebook, the video has since racked up 260,003 views.

Learning to play with her prosthetic arm must have taken many hours and lots of coordination. It couldn’t have been an easy feat. She is a talented individual, and she proves that continuing to strive to learn even when faced with obstacles can be beneficial to your life.

If she can have the stamina to still achieve all of this with her life then what are people with no health problems doing making excuses? Watching her does make anyone rethink the idea that they can’t do something.

Video courtesy of indra surya


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