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How I defied doctors to make piano history in the Himalayan clouds

Point of View is an ITV News series where we invite people to share their life experiences and what they've learned from them.

As a child, Evelina De Lain always appeared destined for the top for her piano playing - but she could never have guessed exactly how she would end up hitting the heights.

The Ukrainian classical virtuoso looked set for a glittering concert career before she received the shock, at 19, of being told she could never play the greats again.

She describes how losing the ability to play classical music affected her for years, explains the change that remarkably restored her ability to play and then the chance encounter in a London piano shop that put her on a rocky mountain road to making musical history in the Himalayas.

The UK-based performer also shares how her world record performance in the clouds has made her reflect on her ability and sense of loss and has a message for anyone who finds themselves forced to live with their physical limitations.

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