Life has a way of choosing its favorites, giving some people everything in the world from the moment they were born. However, that doesn’t discourage everyone else from climbing to a higher level.
Christopher Morton is one of those individuals who were born from the opposite side of the spectrum of life’s favorites. When he was born premature, he suffered multiple abdominal surgeries for gastroschisis, a condition that occurs when an opening forms in the baby’s abdominal walls. This meant that his bowel would be pushed through this hole. The bowel then developed outside his body in the amniotic fluid.
The surgeries would continue from his childhood to his teenage years. At the age of five, he was diagnosed with hearing loss due to the hefty amount of antibiotics he took over the years. By 14, Christopher underwent a Small Intestine Strictureplasty (SIS) procedure, causing him to visit the ER for NG-Tubes frequently.
Christopher also had frequent replacements for central lines, pick-lines, and g-tube. He would spend fifteen years on Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), which prevented him from participating in sports, a precaution to avoid unnecessary risks. While this may have been discouraging to others, Christopher found himself motivated continuously by his father.
Although they weren’t exactly close, Christopher knew that his father wanted the best for him. He often challenged Christopher and reminded him that while he had the disadvantage of being deaf, it had nothing to do with his ability to achieve his goals. Christopher’s father always reminded him that it was all about his attitude.
Taking all those lessons to heart, Christopher moved across the country from Pennsylvania. He left his family behind, taking whatever he could to fit into his 2005 Ford Focus. Christopher was intent on achieving his dream of inspiring the youth as an inspirational speaker.
He would go on to become an entrepreneur, activist, and one of the few deaf inspirational speakers. He is recognized in Southern California for educating individuals of all ages about the power of changing one’s perspective.
Christopher has used his platform to help people understand that the term “disability” redefined appropriately. In conventions, he teaches that no one is incapable of achieving their dreams, whether they’re hindered by blindness, deafness, held back in a wheelchair, or whatever else case they might have. Christopher wants people to understand that people born differently doesn’t mean they have to be treated differently.
He has spoken to many audiences ranging from elementary schools and universities to out of state and public events. As a speaker, he connects with his audience by painting them pictures through storytelling. His dedication and passion for inspiring people from all walks of life led him to meet thousands of individuals as he continues to build his platform on social media.
Christopher hopes to go beyond and travel internationally to inspire cultures from around the world and expose deaf children to inspirational speakers who share their condition, inspiring them to never give up on their dreams.