A MAN born without collarbones due to a rare condition has created a TikTok channel to raise awareness.
Corey Bennett shows his followers how he is able to clap his shoulders together due to a condition called Cleidocranial Dysplasia.
It's a rare genetic condition that affects teeth and bones and in turn can have an impact on the spine, skull, collarbones and legs.
People who suffer with the condition may have absent bones and can be more fragile than others who do not have it.
Corey, who lives in Indiana in the US has named himself the "king of shoulder clapping".
Corey has been posting videos to TikTok of him clapping his shoulder blades together and was asked by another user to post an explainer video detailing how he is able to do it.
He explained his condition to his followers, pointing to some of the side effects that can occur such as underdeveloped cheek bones, short stature and hearing loss.
Another symptom is bad teeth, and Corey added: "Yeah I have bad teeth", adding that he wouldn't be showing them to his followers.
Corey has vowed to keep clapping until he is famous and told LadBible that he was previously bullied at school because of his condition.
He said: "I started the 'shoulder clapping until I'm famous' one day in my dorm room because I saw people doing different things with a series of days until they're famous – so, boom, there was a good way of making content until I'm famous!"
Corey said that many people with the same condition as him have also reached out after seeing his videos online.
He also said that many people have sent him messages of positivity for raising awareness of the condition, but highlighted that there are some people that still post rude comments.
Corey added: "But I will not stop sharing it – I want to spread awareness because I know how hard it is to grow up with this rare condition.
"I will continue to make content on TikTok and spread awareness."
What is Cleidocranial Dysplasia?
Cleidocranial Dysplasia is a condition that primarily affects the development of the bones and teeth.
Individuals with cleidocranial dysplasia usually have underdeveloped or absent collarbones (clavicles). As a result, their shoulders are narrow and sloping, can be brought unusually close together in front of the body, and in some cases the shoulders can be made to meet in the middle of the body.
Affected individuals may be 3 to 6 inches shorter than other members of their family, and may have:
- short, tapered fingers and broad thumbs;
- short forearms;
- flat feet;
- knock knees; and
- an abnormal curvature of the spine
Characteristic facial features may include:
- a wide, short skull (brachycephaly);
- a prominent forehead;
- wide-set eyes (hypertelorism);
- a flat nose
- small upper jaw
Dental abnormalities seen in cleidocranial dysplasia may include:
- delayed loss of the primary (baby) teeth;
- delayed appearance of the secondary (adult) teeth;
- unusually shaped, peg-like teeth;
- misalignment of the teeth and jaws (malocclusion); and
- extra teeth, sometimes accompanied by cysts in the gums
Corey's TikTok channel features a range of videos of him completing different challenges.
One user asked him to crush a can between his shoulder blades, while others encouraged him to "do it backwards while walking".
Corey has over 63,000 followers on the app and his videos have been liked 2.4 million times.
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