Qatari YouTuber born without legs stars in World Cup opening ceremony

Qatari YouTuber born without the lower half of his body stars in World Cup opening ceremony: FIFA ambassador and ice cream entrepreneur Ghanim Al Muftah, 20, who has three million followers on social media speaks with Morgan Freeman during show

  • Morgan Freeman hosts Qatar World Cup Opening Ceremony with Qatari YouTuber Ghanim Al Muftah 
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Qatari YouTuber Ghanim Al Muftah, 20, starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the World Cup opening ceremony.

Al Muftah is known for his motivational speeches and social media presence in Qatar, featuring on TEDxQatarUniversity in 2018, aged 16, to talk about his condition, Caudal regression syndrome.

Caudal regression syndrome (CRS) affects the development of the lower half of the body, which can include the spine, limbs, bladder, bowels and gut.

The bones in the lower spine can be abnormal or missing, with spinal abnormalities often also affecting the chest, which makes breathing difficult.

US actor Morgan Freeman, left, sits on the stage next to FIFA World Cup Ambassador Ghanim Al Muftah, at the opening ceremony of the World Cup on Sunday 20 November 2022

US actor Morgan Freeman, left, talks with FIFA World Cup Ambassador Ghanim Al Muftah, at the opening ceremony of the World Cup

Mr Al Muftah was made FIFA World Cup Ambassador 2022.

He is known for his philanthropy in Qatar, having set up the Association of Ghanim with help from his family.

The association donates wheelchairs to the people in need. 

The young man was named ‘Ambassador of Peace’ by H.H the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in 2014.

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