Joanne O'Riordan, a woman born with no limbs, is honoured at ceremony in Japan

Joanne O’Riordan, a woman born with no limbs, is honoured at ceremony in Japan


Joanne O’Riordan, an Irish woman born with no limbs, has been honoured at an awards ceremony in Japan. The Cork woman was recognised for her contribution to people with disabilities at a ceremony in Japan. Joanne is one of only seven people in the world known to be living with Total Amelia.

Joanne starred in No Limbs, No Limits documentary. The inspirational woman was crowned one of Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World at the ceremony. She received the award in the contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights category.

She was shortlisted for the award by public vote. The award winners were announced in August. Joanne and her father Dan Joe travelling to the Far East for the ceremony this weekend which was attended by over 600 people from around the world.

Speaking at the ceremony, she said “life is what you make of it. We all face obstacles in our lives, it’s only a matter of overcoming them. Each and everyday I live by the motto of what I fail at today I will overcome and conquer tomorrow.”

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