Luca Lazylegz Patuelli: The boy who would not give up

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 8th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Montreal born Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli shows us how severe physical limitations do not have to squash our dreams and limit our goals


Many times mental health and physical health overlap. For centuries psychologist had debated whether biological health and mental health functioned independently or were connected to produce over all general health and mental health. Today, we know that the aspects of our biological make-up are connected and essential to our overall health. In fact, they are work in unison.

It is documented that depressed people get sick and it is documented that people who are sick get depressed. Can we reverse that phenomena to have people with diseases actually improve their situation and limitations by having a positive attitude? Yes we can, several major studies have pointed to cancer patients with positive attitudes and how many survive their disease or live longer even when in the terminal stage.

The mind is all-powerful; our thoughts and convictions can limit us or push us forward in any situation. These thoughts will affect the way we recover from a serious disease. It will also affect how we cope with severe diseases that limit range and mobility.

Montreal born Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli shows us how severe physical limitations do not have to squash our dreams and limit our goals.


Montreal born Luca Patuelli is a homespun icon and the aspiration for everyone who refuses to let their sickness or disease define them and dictate the way they will live their life. Luca Patuelli was born with a rare disease called arthrogryposis also known as arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). The cause of this disease points to fetal akinesia, which is a reduced ability to move the limbs. This condition is brought on by abnormalities within muscles and connective tissues. This limitation in movement will cause muscle weakness making the probability of normal movement even harder to achieve. The disease does encompass several diseases under the same general category of arthrogryposis, but in Patuelli case, his deformity was limited to his legs and spine.

.Lazylegz – The boy with a dream

Patuelli’s medical problems did not end with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC).

At the tender age of eight, Luca Patuelli also developed scoliosis, which is a disease that affects the curvature of the spine. He went into his teen years, at the age of 13, having a 60 percent curvature of the spine. This conditioned required corrective surgery. The surgeons fitted young Luca with a titanium rod to support his spine. A total of eight vertebrae were fused to the rod.

A boy with a zest for life and the determination to succeed

Luca Patuelli had dreams just like any other teenage boy. He wanted to skateboard, however a knee surgery cancelled out that option. Luca had 16 surgeries in today. Even though he could not skateboard, he never gave up his dream to be just like a “normal boy and a normal young man.”

Patuelli does it all

Luca the young boy with dreams grew into the man with dreams that he actually fulfilled. His mangled legs did not stop him from achievement. Today he is a dancer. He is a break-dancer and can break-dance along with the best of them.

The young man with the positive mental health attitude has done what every normal individual aspires to do. He has gone horseback riding, swimming, sailing, diving, skiing, and skateboarding. He is now a professional dancer, a motivational speaker, and teacher. He founded the dance crew called ILL-Abilities, an International group of disabled break-dancers.

“Lazylegz has performed on stage with renowned artists such as Kanye West, K-OS, James Brown and many more. He was also featured on many international media sources, including;Americas Got Talent,So You Think You Can Dance Canada, MBC Korea, NTV Japan, the CBC, and theNBC Today Show. Most recently, Lazylegz and his other crew ILLMASK, represented the world in their biggest performance to date, at the Vancouver 2010Paralympic Opening Ceremonies. He starred in the “One inspires all” segment where a world record was broken for the biggest flash mob dance.

On June 30, 2011, Luca Patuelli attempted to walk 2 kilometers without the aid of his crutches; he succeeded in walking one kilometer. Please look at the video of his triumph over his handicap and the inspiring words he has for everyone here

His never faltering spirit reminds me another Canadian, Terry Fox, who did what no one else thought possible. He walked across Canada on one good leg until cancer finally took his life.

These young men, a Montreal native, and a British Columbia native, show us all how to live our lives to the fullest without letting our disabilities disable us. The old psychological adage holds true, “We are what we think.”

Montrealers rejoice as Shriners International decided to keep the Shriners Hospital in Montreal. Luca Patuelli was also a patient of this wonderful, top-notch child amputee and world-renowned burn center.

All photos taken from the public domain

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Sep 2015 (#)

Fascinating! I agree that a positive attitude does make all the difference. I have seen it happen. Blessings.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
9th Sep 2015 (#)

What a wonderful story of courage in the face of adversity Carol.
Thank you for sharing it with us here
God bless you
Stella ><

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