A woman’s shoulders can meet together in the middle of her body due to being born with a rare one-in-a-million condition that leaves her without collarbones.
Danielle Lewis, 33, from Cannock, Staffordshire, was born with cleidocranial dysplasia, a rare genetic condition affecting teeth and bones, which in turn, can have an impact on the spine, skull, collarbones, and legs.
Danielle was born without collarbones and has a unique party trick she showcases on social media, where she can touch her shoulders together.
‘My family knew as soon as I was born that I had cleidocranial dysplasia and as well as being born without collar bones, it’s also affected my height – I’m only 4ft 11 – as well as causing joint pain, a prominent forehead, and short limbs.
‘Being able to touch my shoulders together in front of my body is certainly my party trick and first realised I was able to do it when I was younger.
‘I was laying on my side and my shoulders were touching. My friend pointed it out to me and couldn’t believe it. I just thought everyone could do it.’
Danielle has passed the rare condition on to her three kids; Ruby Angel, 13, Lily Grace, 12, and Max Thomas, six, who each share her fascinating ability to touch their shoulders together too.
The stay-at-home mother continued: ‘People are so shocked when they see us doing our party trick.
‘It’s not every day you see someone touching their shoulders together, so I think it’s even more shocking when a few of us can do it together.
‘They always want to give it a go themselves as they seem to think they’ll be able to do it as well. It makes us laugh.
‘It’s a 50/50 gene and I was hoping I wouldn’t pass it on to my kids because I was bullied sometimes when I was younger.
‘It affects your teeth, so I had to have surgery when I was 11 to remove all of my baby teeth and wait for the other ones to come through. I’ve got crooked teeth now.
‘But over the years I’ve grown a thick skin and now I don’t care what people think about me.
‘I want to be this way for my girls too because I want them to live a free and happy life, and not feel the same way I did.’