The Story Behind The Inspiring One-Armed Violinist
Nurse, Paralympian and violinist -- the one-armed woman inspiring thousands.
Footage of Manami Ito playing violin with a specially designed prosthetic arm has gone viral, inspiring thousands around the world.
The video, originally posted on YouTube, has been viewed over 200 thousand times, and shows Ito performing 'Thread' by Miyuki Nakajima at the Takarazuka City General Welfare Center in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
However, playing the violin is not the only reason why Ito is an inspiration.
Born in 1984 in Shizuoka, Japan, Ito was studying to be a nurse when she lost her right-arm in a traffic accident.
But this didn't stop the then-20-year-old, who continued her studies and became Japan's first nurse to have a prosthetic arm.
Growing up, Ito excelled at sports, but focused her attention to swimming later in life.
In 2008, Ito competed at the Beijing Paralympics, coming fourth in the 100 metres Breaststroke.
Four years later, she qualified for London 2012 in the same event, finishing in eighth spot in the final.
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Ito now travels Japan playing violin and lecturing, documenting her travels with her husband and two-year-old daughter Miu on Facebook.
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