‘Camel Girl.’

Ella Harper (born in Tennessee in 1873), known as the “Camel Girl”, was born with an orthopedic condition that caused her knees to bend backwards, called congenital genu recurvatum. This deformity is very rare. Her preference to walk on all fours resulted in her … Continue reading

Limbless, not helpless.

Limbless, not helpless.

Aloisia Wagner, better known with the stage name of Violetta, was born without legs or arms with a condition known as tetra-amelia syndrome. Though her earlier years are a mystery, it is known that in April 1924, Violetta immigrated to New York  from Bremen-Hemelingen, Germany, with her … Continue reading