Chronic Illness Gives Girl Extreme Flexibility

A WOMAN suffering from a chronic illness that allows her to twist her body into mind-boggling shapes has turned it to her advantage – by becoming a contortionist. Scarlet Checkers has Ehlers-Dalos Syndrome (EDS) – a rare collagen disorder characterised by unusually stretchy skin and flexible joints – and could be confined to a wheelchair in the next 10 years. But rather than let the condition get her down, the 23-year-old has used it to her advantage, performing as a contortionist for her local community and wowing crowds with her incredible body manipulations. Scarlet, who was diagnosed with the condition just one year ago, told Barcroft Media: “I didn’t want to turn my diagnosis into a pity party.”

 
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