NICK VUJICIC

Australian Nick Vujicic is a true hero of today. Born without limbs, he enjoys an active lifestyle and is known as a best-selling author and an Evangelical preacher empowering people around the world to accept their flaws. He also started a family with his wife and describes himself as ‘ridiculously happy’.

Some people admire Vujicic, some people resent his activities being the focus of public attention. But he definitely leaves no one indifferent. Nick Vujicic was the first son of Serbian immigrants – a pastor and a nurse– born on 4 December 1982. Ultrasound tests performed on his pregnant mother failed to reveal that his limbs were not developing, so his parents were unprepared for his condition when he was born. His rare condition is called tetra-amelia syndrome. His family and his father’s church questioned why a God of love would allow the pastor’s son to be born without limbs. But in time, they came to trust that God was in control.

He grew up in a religious family so each day started and ended with a prayer. But no matter how hard he prayed, Nick could not get cured from his condition se he despaired. At the age of 10 he got depressed and tried to commit suicide…He attempted to drown himself in a bathtub. The thought that stopped him from going through with it was the love for his parents. Nick pictured my funeral and his parents, and the guilt on their shoulders that they couldn’t have done more. That would be the last time Nick would attempt suicide. But it wouldn’t be the last time he would come face to face with those deep issues that made him want to end the pain. Nevertheless, he was committed to living a full life.

Nick started training his only limb – a small foot. At first, he went to a specialized school for persons with disabilities but then the Australian legislation changed in early 90s and he insisted on going to a regular school. Originally, Nick was born with the toes of his foot fused. An operation was performed to separate the toes so that Nick could use them as fingers. He learnt to use them to do computer work, fish, play football, surf and do skateboarding, perform routine activities and even move.

Vujicic graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a double major in accountancy and financial planning.

But he did not become complacent and continued moving forward towards future accomplishment and developing. He refused to wear prosthetics.

Since 1999, he began to speak in front of his church group and in no time, he was preaching hope and the greatness of the Lord all over the world inspiring millions of people. Nick says that he sees hundreds of thousand of roads open before him and the world is full of people who struggle with their own issues. As a goodwill ambassador, he has a lot to tell them. Even born without limb, you can live a full life. After being featured on numerous TV shows and programs and making motivational speeches around the world, Nick got famous. During one of his first meetups, people lined up to hug the person who helped them so much. Later, it became a tradition. Millions of people are grateful to him.

2009 short film ‘The Butterfly Circus’, starring Vujicic, received a lot of praise and won the $100,000 grand prize at the Doorpost Film Project. His first book "Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Happy Life" was published in 2010. The book has sold more than a million copies internationally and brought joy to many people. His subsequent publications Unstoppable, Limitless, Stand Strong and Love Without Limits dealt with similar topics. He has a charity that works internationally. Nick received many awards for his actions for the benefit of humanity.

He has a gorgeous wife and healthy children. He dated Kanae Miyahara Vujicic, the love of his life, for four years before popping the question. He married Kanae in 2012, welcoming their first son, Kiyoshi, in February 2013 and their second son Dejan, in September 2015. The couple then decided to give home to three orphans. There is no clear-cut explanation for the phenomenon that is Nick Vujicic. He is a unique person who made all his dreams come true. He is a person who made it. He is an example to follow.