Inga Petri, a 20-year-old from Atlanta, born without hands, accomplishes daily tasks with her feet and eats with chopsticks using her toes. The girl does not use prosthetics as she skillfully cooks, eats, dresses, and does makeup – all with her legs.
The girl was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, with upper limb dysplasia. Later, when Inga was two and a half years old, she was adopted by an American couple, Daniel and Jennifer Petri.
With the help of her loving parents, she began using her feet to make the most out of life. “I use my feet to write and type, I use them to eat, to cook,” explains the law student.
“I have wonderful friends and a fantastic beloved who supports me when I can’t manage on my own.”
“I have prosthetics, and I appreciate them, but they don’t work very well. I am fine without them,” says Inga.
Her father Daniel is a 46-year-old accountant, and her mother Jennifer is a 47-year-old musician. They raised Inga in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. They believe that their daughter’s disability does not limit her.
“My mom was a music teacher. She taught me how to play the cello with my feet. I have only known a life without hands, nothing else.
I feel that to achieve what I desire, I actually have to work very hard. I made the decision to live in New York, which is probably not the easiest city, especially for a person without hands.”
Inga hopes to become a lawyer and intends to succeed one day. Her disability has not affected her personal life. Currently, she is in a romantic relationship with Joseph Makuga, a 22-year-old guy. They have been together for 18 months.
“I could spend the rest of my life in tears because of my disability, but I quickly got over it.”
Inga is also interested in modeling, and in her opinion, photoshoots and fashion shows should be more diverse.