Thuvan Sameera, 20, from Kandy in Sri Lanka, has a U-shaped neck, while her weak backbone means she can't stand or walk
A girl who suffers from a rare condition that causes her head to hang at a 180-degree angle is overcoming her disability to realise her dream of becoming a painter.
Thuvan Sameera, 20, from Kandy in Sri Lanka, has a U-shaped neck, while her her weak backbone means she can't stand or walk.
She can crawl but needs help to eat and go to the toilet.
Her father Thuvan Mahura, 54, who is a driver and mother Nona Jesmin, 48, a house wife, say they have consulted dozens of doctors across Sri Lanka but none have had a solution to her rare condition.
Nona Jesmin said: "Sameerawas born in Saudi Arabia. After her birth, the doctor told us that our daughter was suffering from arthrogryposis multiplex congenital.
"He said there wasn't much that they could do about this condition. Since then, it has been a struggle to grow up like this."
Jesmin and Mahura did not lose hope, They met doctors across Sri Lanka in the hope of curing their daughter, but they failed.
"We decided to let her be after a point. So from a very young age she would paint and draw. We also encouraged her," said Mahura.
"She cannot do anything by herself but she had interest in painting since she was small. She would keep looking at them so I brought her brushes and colours."
Sameera holds the paint brush in her mouth and draws cards, which are sold in shops. She now aspires to draw further and become a professional painter.
The woman, who has speech difficulties as well, has also expressed her desire to see doctors in other parts of the world in a bid to find a treatment.Jesmin said: "I have so many hopes and dreams for her. I want to see her living a normal life and I am hoping that my wish will be fulfilled one day.
"Maybe, advances in medical sciences might bring some solution to the problems of my daughter very soon."