Hi! My name is Mathilda. I was born an amputee as a result of Amniotic Band Syndrome, something only 30% of babies with the syndrome survive. I was also born with clubfoot, so as a baby and a toddler, I underwent many corrective surgeries on both legs, as well as to repair my cleft palate. I was lucky to grow up traveling around the world, with very few problems to do with my disability. However, in September 2021 I undertook a further amputation surgery as a result of complications to my limb and in order to receive better mobility long-term (so it’s really a win). I also recently received hearing aids due to a cognitive hearing loss in both ears, however I have been inspired by this to learn BSL!
Where I am now
While I am still recovering, I hope to try out seated/adaptive archery and climbing, as they were both things that were a huge part of my childhood and I want to prove to myself that I can do anything just as I used to. I’m now a proud student of St Andrews University in Scotland, and I am represented by Zebedee talent agency, hoping to inspire others and encourage people to learn about disability and learning to accept themselves for the wonderful humans they are.