Watch the young man who has broken more than 200 bones in his life
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Bladen Pietro, also known as Bastrin, from North Carolina, was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) – also known as brittle bone disease.
21-year-old Bladen, who is just 42 inches tall, has broken more than 200 bones in his life because his bones are as fragile as glass.
Bladen told Barcroft TV: “I have broken probably over a couple of hundred bones in my life and I’m 21 now, so I have a lot of life to live and who knows what will be in the future. Someone looks at me and they are like: ‘Oh, that kid is in a wheelchair!’.”
“A lot of people think that I have a mental disability, and they instantly treat me like a child. That’s why I grew up a moustache, at least I look older.”
Bladen’s mother, Erin Mason said that she was very worried for her son when he was born but everything turned out well. He can do everything. Sometimes he needs help but if he doesn’t get any help, he figures out a way to do things by himself.
Bladen has his own YouTube channel with over 460,000 subscribers which he started nine years ago.
Bladen shares videos about gaming and his traveling adventures on his YouTube channel.
He is living his life to the fullest and wants people with disabilities to know they can do anything they want if they put their mind to it.
He said: “I think just knowing that I’m inspiring other people, inspires me to inspire people. You might have limitations, you might have to modify some things, but in the end, you can do what you want.”
“Keep positive, just live life, be happy. You only got one life to live. I’m not going to sit there and stop travelling and living my life just because I have shortcomings and brittle bones.”