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7-year-old Italian influencer is talking about disability on social media

Sirio Persichetti drives his toy car in the front yard of his home in Rome.
Photo: REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Sirio Persichetti can’t speak, can’t feed himself, and he is only seven-years-old. Still, he has taken the social media world by storm, proving that a disability can be transformed into an inspiration for others with a lot of love and patience.

Sirio has spastic tetraplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that affects the movement of three limbs. He was born premature and almost died within months. His parents found him lifeless, not breathing in his cot just eight days into being back home.

He bears this with such resilience, vivacity, and lust for life that it prompted his mother Valentina to create a website and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to chronicle his everyday life in hopes of inspiring others.

She uploads heart-warming videos of him with funny anecdotes under the title “Sirio and the tetrabonds,” which have touched the hearts of people worldwide. Tetra comes from the first half of tetraplegia and bond from vagabond.

“We wanted to tell the story of disability differently, to tell it for what it is, something that is not easy to face, but that if channelled in the right direction, with the right help, it can allow these children to enjoy something that can actually be called life,” Valentina said.

The response has been overwhelming, with some videos getting more than 130,000 views.

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