WATCH | 'I didn't know I could paint': This inspiring mom has turned personal tragedy into success

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When she was 23, the now 46-year-old Rachel Smith-Ruffle suffered a spinal injury that left her paralysed. 

Despite the injury, Rachel continued to live life to the fullest, travelling the world and becoming a wife and mother

However, a pressure sore that Rachel developed in her forties left her bedridden for 15 months, and it was during this time that she received life-changing encouragement from her husband. 

"My husband bought me some paints and said, 'You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself and do something,' so I started to paint," Rachel said in an interview. 

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Having no previous experience with painting, Rachel developed a way of creating incredible images while lying on her side - which she now sells via social media - earning her the nickname, the Wonky Artist. 

"I didn't know I could paint, and I painted some really beautiful pictures, and now I sell them all over the world". 

Rachel's issues with pressure sores are now under control, and she's once again enjoying life as she had before. 

Watch the video above for more. 

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