Fresh from wowing the UN in New York, Millstreet’s Joanne O’Riordan could soon be off to Saudi Arabia on the personal invite of a princess.
The Cork teen, who was born without arms or legs, yesterday urged technology giants at a United Nations conference to build her a robot.
“This robot would become my hands and legs,” she said.
After charming 200 delegates in Manhattan, Joanne was later personally invited by Princess Amira of Saudi Arabia to visit her country to see the facilities there for disabled people.
Joanne told the conference how she has learned to type emails and text messages with her chin, lips and nose.
She was born with a condition called Total Amelia, which means she has no limbs.
Despite her disability, she is adept at the use of technology such as iPods, her laptop and her mobile phone.
She said she is an addict of social networking, including Facebook and Twitter.
She flew to New York on Monday with her proud parents Joe and Ann, and her brother Steven, who is making a documentary on the bubbly teenager.
Steven said: “It’s such a unique opportunity, where a 16-year-old girl from Millstreet in County Cork represents Ireland on an international scale.”
The family met with Grammy Award winner Julie Gold, who has written a song dedicated to Joanne which will be used in Steven’s documentary, No Limbs No Limits.
Joanne celebrated her birthday on Tuesday at the Hard Rock Café, and also went on a helicopter tour over New York city.