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This Cape Town man is defying the odds despite being born without arms

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The 27-year-old from Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town was born with phocomelia, a rare congenital malformation that affects the limbs. (Photo: Supplied)
The 27-year-old from Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town was born with phocomelia, a rare congenital malformation that affects the limbs. (Photo: Supplied)

His body is taut, and he has a steely look in his eye as he takes hold of the makeshift bar. He lifts the broomstick with two half-full 5L bottles hanging on each end, and without breaking a sweat, raises it to his shoulders.

It’s a monumental feat for Lyle Adams. The 27-year-old from Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town was born with phocomelia, a rare congenital malformation that affects the limbs. In Lyle’s case, his hands are attached directly to his shoulders because he was born with no arms.

But this hasn’t stopped the dynamo from defying the odds.

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