|Alison lapper is an amazing woman. Born with a rare chromosomal disorder which is not unlike thalidomide, Alison Lapper did not have any arms and had only very short legs. She refers to her condition as: "limb deficiency". She is a remarkable lady in many respects. She has coped with her disability, put herself through university, raised a perfectly healthy son, established a successful career as a talented artist and won the respect of very many people.
Alison is also fiercely independent, refusing to wear any form of prosthetic limb.
In 2000, after a brief relationship with an able-bodied man she says: "I quite unexpectedly, and quite happily fell pregnant, and he ran a mile". Alison became a single-parent to a boy she named Parys.
In the summer of 2003 in Madrid, Spain, Alison attended a Women and Disability Conference where she spoke on motherhood and maternity. Prior to this she visited Buckingham Palace at the Queen's invitation to receive an M.B.E, for her Services to Art.
A sculpture of Alison has won a competition to occupy the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square and was launched a couple of days ago. The statue was created by sculptor Marc Quinn and feature s Alison naked and pregnant. Over the past five years Alison has achieved public recognition as an artist and a champion of the disabled, but it's still being a mother that is the focus of her life.
There has been public outrage about this. I think it's wonderful. What do you think??