Like many 11-year-olds, Tiyo Satrio can’t wait to get home from school and chill out playing computer games on his PlayStation.
But instead of having the controller at his fingertips, Tiyo has to use his chin to play, because Tiyo has lived his whole life without any limbs.
Tiyo’s mum recalls how she went through her whole pregnancy unaware of her son’s condition.
‘The midwife said everything was normal… I gave birth in the middle of the night and was told the next afternoon,’ says Mimi, from West Java, Indonesia. Although she was naturally shocked to learn her baby had no arms or legs, Mimi says she quickly accepted the reality: ‘Now I feel fine, just normal about it and accepting.’
Tiyo is equally unfazed by being born without limbs and seems to be a happy, bright boy. Each morning he is picked up by motorbike and taken to a special-needs school. He writes by lying on the desk and holding his pen in his mouth, and his teachers say he is excellent at maths in particular.
Tiyo’s parents have four grown-up children, who have all moved to other parts of Indonesia and so are unable to help, and so looking after him is a full-time job. Dad Wawan says, ‘Taking care of Tiyo every day, we can’t go anywhere. If we work, we can’t take care of Tiyo.’
It’s hard to know quite what the future holds for young Tiyo, but if the video is anything to go by, he won’t be defeated by his disabilities.