Alex Brooker’s health: The Last Leg host on his disability, which he describes as “emotional.”
ALEX BROOKER is a comedian, a father, and a presenter.
He was born with deformed hands and arms, as well as a twisted right leg that had to be amputated when he was a baby, 37 years ago.
“When I think back on my childhood and my disability, I realize how fortunate I was,” Alex Brooker told Disability Horizons.
In 2020, Alex starred in his own documentary, Alex Brooker: Disability and Me, which he has since described as “raw” and “cathartic.”
“I also realized after making the documentary that talking about my disability, especially with my parents, is a lot more nuanced than I thought,” Alex added.
“I learned a lot about myself from that documentary.”
Because this is a film about something so personal to me, it was both rewarding and nerve-wracking.”
Alex admitted in a previous interview with the BBC Sounds podcast that talking about how his children will react to having a disabled father makes him “very emotional.”
“It’s one of those things that has gradually grown in my mind,” he explained.
Alex, on the other hand, was relieved when he realized the truth.
“My oldest was three at the time, and she had just said something about my hand for the first time a few weeks ago.
“We were walking by a river, and she said, ‘Oh, daddy, you only have two fingers, and I have more?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, that’s how I was born.’
“That was it; she didn’t freak out, she didn’t stop holding my hand, she didn’t cry.”
“So these horrific scenarios that I’ve concocted in my head are all done and dusted in about five seconds, and I think, ‘Jesus Christ, like 20-odd years worrying about that and that was it.'”
Congenital limb defects occur when an arm or leg does not form normally as a baby grows in the uterus, according to Stanford Children’s Hospital.
While the exact cause is unknown, genetic abnormalities, growth restriction, and womb virus exposure may all play a role.
Tobacco smoke exposure has also been identified as a risk factor for congenital limb defects.
The following are examples of the most common flaws:
A congenital condition does not have a standard treatment.
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