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Posted by abeodbart June 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

A women born with no arms in China is said to be the best embroiderer in her village.

Ren Jiemei, 65, is so skilled with her feet that she can always thread a needle at the first attempt, reports Qilu Evening Post.┬áHer embroidering skills are so perfect that able-bodied villagers say can’t compete with her in terms of speed or quality.

“I was born without arms. So from childhood, I swore to myself that I’d use my feet to do everything,” she said.┬áRen, of Haiyang, Shandong province, has learnt to use her feet to eat, wash, comb her hair, draw pictures and cut paper.

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June 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm
JubJub says:

Wtf! Lol. That’s awesome.
Imagine the perspective you have, using all that energy we woud normally use in our arms and hands, going into our legs and feet.

June 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Nicola says:

Ah, the power of positive thinking! Kind of makes you realise the extent to which the rest of us are blind to the capabilities of our bodies and minds.

June 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Jonathan says:

I was born without hair but I’ve learned to use legs for hair.

June 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm
StevePage says:

Nicola, that’s not just positive thinking. She was born without arms, therefore her motor cortex would have developed significantly differently from physically typical individuals. This 2007 study of aplasics is interesting, as it shows how the mirror neuron system effectively re-routes itself when the individual has no arms to map the actions of others upon.

June 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Rob says:

Necessity is the mother of invention.
Needs must when the devil drives.
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
A stitch, in time, saves nine.

She has worked incredibly hard to develop this extraordinary skill – my point being that true mastery of a skill like this only comes through perseverance, and that she persevered because she had to.

Is it so different from learning to use your hands correctly? I know plenty of adults whose handwriting is appalling so that is obviously not a foregone conclusion either.

Obviously it is somewhat harder due to the length of the phalanges, but for her it would be just ‘normal’.

I work with disabled adults, so adaptive abilities are not that unusual to me.

Well done, though, for being the best seamstress anyway!

June 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm
Nadine says:

My mother got her degree in early childhood development and worked with a girl with no arms early in her career – she has numerous, beautiful colored pencil drawings the girl did for her with her feet. Truly amazing.

June 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm
RandomToon says:

Nice pun…

June 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Marcel says:

Nice!! :-)

June 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Amazing lady……

LC x

June 28, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Phillis says:

All hail Phillis – Queen of puns.

June 29, 2010 at 1:54 am
Nicola says:

StevePage that’s really interesting! It never occurred to me that the brain could develop in such a way under these circumstances but of course it makes sense that it could. My empathy was coming from myself as a starting point, so (despite it being in the title and mentioned in the article!) I suppose I still somehow managed to assume a viewpoint based on loss of limbs as opposed to innate absence of them. Sheesh!

June 29, 2010 at 2:08 am
Nicola says:

StevePage – PS: That article took some effort to understand – it’s not exactly my area of expertise, so I may not have grasped it all, but although it says the pragmatic definition of goal does not include intention, it feels like something is missing without it. I mean, on the one hand, I suppose the brain preserving the ability to achieve a goal by whatever means are most efficient is all part of a survival process – we need to eat and protect and whatnot. But our levels of functionality, vision, creativity, and dexterity are way above basic survival requirements, and for the brain to go to lengths to preserve those levels does suggest it rates such things as equal to our basic survival. It feels like intention fits in there somewhere. ! would love to read articles on that! :)

June 29, 2010 at 2:12 am
Nicola says:

StevePage (again) Ref my first reply to you: I should just clarify when I said coming from myself as a starting point – I haven’t lost any limbs or anything. I just meant *if* I were to suddenly be put in such a position, then I would first have to overcome the negative mindset that can so easily come with loss and that horrible way society has with its little templates!

And thank you for posting the article, btw!

June 30, 2010 at 8:55 am
Raoul says:

You should cope me with a brain like I have … it’s amazing …


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