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Inspiring Woman who was Born without Arms Uses her Feet to Sew PPE for Frontliners [Video]



  • Norfarrah Syahirah Shaari, from Malaysia, is doing her part to help frontline workers by sewing PPE clothing — using her feet.
  • Born without arms, Shaari has learned to sew with her feet since she was eight years old.
  • She hopes that the social media posts showing her work will inspire others to help however they can.

A Malaysian woman named Norfarrah Syahirah Shaari is inspiring others to do their part during the coronavirus pandemic, ever since she shared a video of how she was able to sew hospital gowns using her feet.

Shaari, 32, was born without arms. She has since learned to use her feet to perform daily tasks. She shared that just because she was a person with disabilities doesn’t mean she can only be dependent on others.

“Many people have been asking to see how I use a sewing machine, so I’ll show you my own method when sewing with my feet. I’m feeling really motivated to sew PPE clothing for our frontliners,” she wrote.

Photo Credit: Norfarrah Syahirah Shaari/Facebook

With the help of a corporate social responsibility program with Teluk Intan Community College (KKTI), she dedicates her time to sew protective gear such as hospital gowns using her feet.

As Shaari thanked frontline workers who are risking their own safety to fight the pandemic, she also expressed gratitude for being given the opportunity to help them.

Several social media users felt inspired by her video and thanked her in the comments.

One person commented, “I hope you stay motivated to sew! I feel so proud looking at your work.”

“Those who get to wear your clothes are truly blessed,” another one said.

There are currently 35 volunteers working on KKTI’s program. The PPE they make are given to hospital staff at Teluk Intan Community Clinic and Teluk Intan Hospital.

To minimize contact among the volunteers, they divided the supplies so they can work from home or in their offices. Each volunteer has their role: some design the gown patterns, some measure, some cut, and others sew.

Photo Credit: Norfarrah Syahirah Shaari/Facebook

Shaari told New Straits Times, “I learned tailoring by myself eight years ago because I needed to make special clothes for myself. Now it takes me only a second to thread the needle using my feet.”

Shaari can sew eight PPE gowns in a day. She added that they plan “to make 252 isolation gowns using 400 meters of fabric.”

Photo Credit: Norfarrah Syahirah Shaari/Facebook

Shaari shared, “I feel proud to be part of this program and this is the little thing we can do to help our healthcare workers.”

She also expressed her hopes that her social media posts will inspire others to contribute with the skills they already have — everybody can pitch in.

Source: Tank’s Good News