A woman who was born with one arm and half a leg has revealed how her mother told her her disability was caused by an attempted abortion when the parents were teenagers.
Charlie Rousseau, 25, from Rouen-Noranda, Quebec, Canada, said she grew up feeling like a ‘normal kid’ and ‘didn’t realize she had a disability’ until she was a teenager.
However, when she was in her teens, her mother told her that the reason she was born with her disability was because the parents had attempted an abortion and claimed it had gone wrong.
The radio host told FEMAIL: ‘The doctor allegedly told my parents to keep the baby even though the abortion was not complete. They could have taken it further, they could have taken the hospital to court but we were living in a small town and my parents didn’t want to make a big deal.’
However, she has said that she does not let her disability get her down, and has instead spent the last few years traveling the world.
Charlie Russo, 25, from Canada, told FEMAIL how his mother told him his disability was caused by an attempted abortion when the parents were teenagers.
The 25-year-old radio host was born with half her legs, one arm and one thumb (pictured).
When Charlie reached college age, she decided she wanted to build her confidence, and began working as a radio host.
Meanwhile he has spent the last few years traveling around the world, visiting the UK, Mexico, Ibiza, Portugal and Australia.
Charlie grew up like a normal child. She said her parents were determined to raise her like her other friends at school.
The 25-year-old said: ‘I never realized I had a disability until I was 16. My parents sent me to a normal school and I had normal friends. I had a big role so I fit in well.
‘It was only when I became interested in dating and liking boys, that I really accepted my disability and that I was so different.’
Charlie said that as she got older, and became interested in boys, she ‘saw that she was handicapped.’
She said: ‘When boys tried to kiss me they had to bow down, I genuinely wondered if I would ever have a boyfriend.’
However, when she was a teenager, her mother took her aside and claimed that her disability was the result of a failed abortion attempt.
She has been given artificial legs but Charlie rarely uses them, preferring to rely on her own legs.
She said: ‘My mum decided to have an abortion but unfortunately it went wrong. My parents thought making a big deal of it would ruin my life because the story would be everywhere as I grew up.’
When Charlie entered college, she decided to boost her confidence, explaining: ‘I decided I was going to have a boyfriend, I was going to live and people were going to love me.’
He got his first job at 19 as a junior radio host, explaining: ‘I never had a job as a teenager because nobody would give me one.
‘All my friends had part-time jobs but I didn’t. So I was very happy when I got this job at a radio station. and I love her. I think it also helped boost my confidence.’
In September 2019 he decided to travel to the UK to teach French at schools in Shrewsbury, including The Priory School and Melbrace School.
The 25-year-old said she grew up as a ‘normal child’ and didn’t ‘realise she was disabled’ until she was a teenager.
Since then, she decided to travel the world, and experience other opportunities – and despite admitting that she has difficulty carrying her bags, and struggles in airports – she then went to Mexico, Has visited Ibiza, Portugal and Australia.
‘People are so friendly everywhere, it’s great to travel,’ said Charlie. ‘If I ask people, they are quick to help. Just live your life. Don’t waste any time.’
It was at this time that Charlie started his Tik Tok and Instagram page.
‘Initially, it was about sharing my photos with family and friends, so they could all see my journey,’ she added. ‘I never started them to be impressive. But soon I started getting comments and many people started following me.’
A video shared by Charlie showing him driving his custom car has been viewed 3.9 million times on the social media platform.
The radio host, who admits she struggles with carrying her bags and traveling through airports, loves to travel to different parts of the world.
He spent several years traveling around the world before returning to Canada during the pandemic.
But due to an epidemic, he had to abandon his trip and return to Canada.
She said: ‘I was in lockdown for weeks, I was just alone, my family were very worried about me. So I went back to Canada, very sad that my journey was over.’
By winter 2021, Charlie was eager to get back on the plane and finally made it to Mexico. And in January this year, she finally returned to the UK.
Many of Charlie’s followers love his upbeat positive character despite his daily struggles.
She posts videos of her struggle to complete basic tasks like straightening her hair. She finds it impossible to tie her hair back into a band.
Charli first traveled to the UK in September 2019 but had to leave due to the pandemic and finally returned to finish her trip in January this year.
Charlie has never looked into surgery, although she has been given prosthetic legs but prefers to use only her two legs at times.
Charlie has said that now that she’s older, and now that she understands what happened, according to her mother, she may decide to consider it one day – but for now, she’s working and staying away. wants to continue his dream, and wants to see the world.
“Nobody knows how long they’ve been here, don’t waste that time,” he added. ‘Make friends, go out, go to that restaurant, take that flight. Say yes!’