Some people celebrate the big 4-0 with a big party and others book a thrill-seeking experience like a bungee jump.

Melinda Bird is determined to mark forty years on this planet by falling in love.

The milestone is already an enormous achievement for the devout Mormon from Utah – after she was born with a rare condition called sacral agenesis, doctors predicted that she wouldn’t make it past her first birthday.

Sacral agenesis is a rare condition that caused Melissa’s spine to stop growing at the bottom of her rib cage, leaving the lower part of her body compressed.

Doctors predicted she would never sit up or talk, but now 40-year-old Melinda counts quad biking, boating, surfing and shooting among her hobbies and hopes to fall in love.

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