The Story Worthy of Hollywood About a Man Born Without Limbs Who Defied All Odds by Raising Two Daughters on His Own
Every one of us gets discouraged from time to time without any good reason. In such cases, the best medicine can be a story about a person who is much less fortunate than we are, but who found the strength to smile at fate. And by doing so, inspire others.
Pablo Acuña’s journey commenced with his birth, which revealed that his upper and lower extremities had not fully developed. Consequently, Pablo was entrusted into the care of his mother, now exceeding 90 years of age, who persists in nurturing her son with the unparalleled affection and devotion that only a mother can offer.
Across his life, Pablo Acuña has relied on a wheelbarrow as his mode of transportation; his daughter even shares that he slumbers within it: “His wheelbarrow is practically his dwelling, serving as his substitute limbs.”
The pursuit of an ordinary life
Despite the circumstances, Pablo persevered in his pursuit of a normal life, resulting in the birth of two daughters, who quickly became his driving force to keep moving forward despite the obstacles that arose.
When the youngest daughter was just a few months old, her mother decided to move away, leaving the two girls they had had together in the care of their father, Pablo. “When I was four months old, my mom left us. Now I am 26 and my older sister is 29. My father and my grandmother took care of us,” says Élida Acuña, the youngest of the family.
He always smiles at fate
The unique circumstances of this family have never served as an excuse for their father’s lack of love and devotion. On the contrary, Pablo Acuña is recognized by his daughters as an outstanding single father, always looking for the bright side of life. “I have never seen my father sad. He is always cheerful and gives me very wise advice, even though he never went to school. He is a very intelligent person, I admire him,” says Élida.
His dedication as a father is what made his daughter, Élida, decide to put her life in another country on hold, so she could return to Paraguay to take care of him. “My dad is my world. He is my friend, confidant, and the best dad in the world. That’s why I left my life in Argentina and came to stay, so I could take care of him because my grandmother can no longer do it because she is old,” said Pablo’s youngest daughter.
Taking care of her father is not an easy job because “he cannot move by himself, he depends on someone else even to go to the bathroom,” but it is an effort Élida Acuña is willing to make. She would do anything to fulfill her father’s wishes: “I always try to give him what he likes if it is within my reach. There are times when I can and other times when I can’t,” said Élida.
Now that Pablo Acuña has celebrated his 60th birthday, his story has become known worldwide, and people do not cease to be amazed and see him as an example of life. Thousands of people marveled at this man’s strength of spirit and desire to live happily ever after. He managed to build a family where everyone is ready to sacrifice themselves for the well-being of a loved one.