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The seamstress

I am four foot tall and have a curved spine. But I am beginning to walk taller

By Emma Satyamurti   February 2001

I have just returned from an appointment with my tailor, a sunny man skilled at creating the illusion of symmetry. Although I have never used the services of a tailor before, the prospect of starting a job as a trainee solicitor without the suits which seem a condition of being taken seriously, took me to his door. I have multiple pterygium syndrome, a rare condition caused by a recessive gene. Among its effects are stiff joints and weak muscles. I am also four feet tall, with a curved spine and a clumsy gait. The tailor’s workshop, with its rows of…

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