Florencia Risso is 25 years old and was born with a congenital malformation, which is why her left forearm is missing. For a long time it was difficult to accept herself. She studied clothing design and today has her own brand.
I was born with a congenital malformation leaving my left forearm missing.
I grew up surrounded by stigma, feeling I was not equal to others, excluded from society.
Buying clothes was always a challenge. I wanted to do something for people like me, to help us feel more accepted.
My love and passion for clothing design led to the launch of my business.
Instead of hiding, I’ve been empowered to show my face and my natural body every time I present a collection.
For a long time, I masked my disability.
When I looked in the mirror, I only looked at half of my body. I permanently hide my left arm.
In social networks, I was not encouraged to post a photo showing my disability.
If I could go back in time, everything would be different.
According to official statistics, in recent decades, infant mortality due to malformations has decreased in a large part of the world’s countries.
The component of infant mortality that has decreased the most is corresponding to the postneonatal period (from 28 to 365 days of life), thanks to the control of malformation diseases and malnutrition.
Although there is heterogeneity between countries, the neonatal component of infant mortality has been more difficult to reduce. In addition to prematurity and low weight, congenital anomalies have gained a greater relative weight.
Argentina reported 7,093 deaths of children under 1 year of age, with an infant mortality rate of 9.7 per 1,000 live births. Due to congenital anomalies in that period, infant deaths were 1919 and accounted for more than 27% of total infant deaths.
Congenit problems may lead in some cases to long-term disability. They can result from one or more genetic, infectious, nutritional, or environmental factors, or their causes may be unknown. Most congenital anomalies can be prevented with anti-rubella vaccination, adequate folic acid intake through fortification of staple foods, and adequate pre-conception care are just three examples of prevention interventions.