No arms? No problem! How Kashmiere drives and can even fire a gun using just her feet

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Kashmiere Culberson was born with a rare condition called bilateral phocomelia, which affected the development of her arms. (PHOTO: Instagram/ its_kashmiere)
Kashmiere Culberson was born with a rare condition called bilateral phocomelia, which affected the development of her arms. (PHOTO: Instagram/ its_kashmiere)

Kashmiere Culberson from Dallas, Texas, was born without arms.

But instead of wearing prosthetics, she's learned to use her feet and toes to complete everyday tasks such as driving, cooking and applying make-up. She can even fire a gun using only her feet.

Kashmiere was born with bilateral phocomelia, a rare condition that affects the development of the upper and/or lower limbs.

She's always been determined to live a normal life, so Kashmiere taught herself to use her feet to do everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted.

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Her ability within disability has earned her an impressive social media following.

A video of her driving recently went viral after she wowed followers with her flexibility and dexterity.

“Today I'll show you how I drive with my feet,” she says excitedly.

In the TikTok video, which has had over 10 000 views and counting, the young woman is shown opening her car door with her foot, getting into the driver's seat and starting her car before driving off – all apparently effortlessly.

The 24-year-old began uploading videos to inspire people who are differently abled. She started out with a small following but it's since mushroomed to 250 000 subscribers.

"I really came a long way from me not having self-esteem and confidence to me being where I am now," she says.

"I want people to see me in person and see me on YouTube and know that there’s no difference. I just want to be myself."

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It hasn't always been easy to navigate a world that's not built to accommodate differently abled people, she admits, but her parents, Phillip and Tomika Bomar, say even as a young child Kashmiere figured out things long before they did.

"Everything was just with her feet, like holding her bottle, her pacifier, she would flick in and out with her toe. We were just like, 'Wow, okay'," Tomika says.

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Her parents say that even as a young girl she quickly learnt to adapt to life without arms. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Kashmiere Dior)
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Her parents, Tomika and Philip Bomar, have always encouraged her to chase her dreams. (PHOTO: Facebook/ Kashmiere Dior)

In one video Kashmiere demonstrates how she eats lobsters, while another shows off her impressive skills at a shooting range, where she fires a handgun using only her feet.

She's determined not to let her disability define her.

"I'm doing everything like everyone else," she says.

"And I guess because of the way I carry myself, I' m not sad about anything or my condition," she adds

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Kashmiere graduated from the Texas Woman's University in 2020. (PHOTO: Facebook/ kashmiere dior

Kashmiere, who is a Texas Woman's University Psychology graduate, now hopes to use her experiences and her degree to become a motivational speaker.

About bilateral phocomelia

This uncommon birth defect affects the development of the upper and/or lower limbs. The bones of the affected limb are either absent or underdeveloped in those who have this disorder. As a result, the limb is drastically reduced in length, and in extreme cases, the hand or foot may even be directly connected to the trunk. The condition might affect only one limb or both the upper and lower limbs. The root cause of phocomelia is frequently not well understood. It might be passed down through a genetic condition but the use of some medications by the mother during pregnancy, such as thalidomide, can also result in phocomelia.

SOURCES: THESOUTHAFRICAN.COM, WFAA.COM, RAREDISIASES.INFO.NIH.GOV

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