The term ‘disability’ refers to an impairment that may be present from birth or occur during a person’s lifetime and substantially affects a person’s life activities. Earlier disability used to be considered a hindrance in performing activities and daily chores of life and people used to look and treat these people with odd emotions. But now the scenarios have changed and the world is moving forward. People have changed their thoughts and emotions for these people. And moreover, the disabled ones now have started to brace up and fight against all the odds and proved that disability is not at all a hindrance for achieving dreams.
Here are 5 epic examples of such heroism.
#1 Deepa Malik
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The first paraplegic woman biker and car rallyist, Deepa Malik is an inspiring woman of mettle. A wife of a Cavalier Col. and a mother of two adult daughters, she braved three spinal surgeries when the spinal tumor left her paralyzed below the waist. She took to sports at the age of 36 and gave up her 7-year-long catering business to train hard for the Commonwealth and Asian games in 2010. Her success saga includes Rio Paralympics win, 39 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals (National/State) in various games such as Swimming, Shot put, Discuss, Javelin etc. Her Biggest achievement came when she was honored with the Arjuna award by the President Of India in 2012.
#2 Girish Sharma
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During our childhood, we all love to stroll and play with our hearts out. Many times we hurt ourselves too. But a child’s play nearly cost Girish his life back in Rajasthan. His father was a worker in Indian Railways and was just strolling when he accidentally wandered onto the tracks and lost his right leg. Growing up with one leg was probably the hardest thing for him but, he knew that his life journey. would not be easy. As a sports enthusiast since childhood, he used to play and excel in sports with one leg.He took this seriously and at the age of 16, he was playing badminton for the as well as nationals. In spite of being number one in his category, Girish always wished for more respect and support for disabled sports persons in India.
#3 Laxmi Mukherjee
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Laxmi was attacked with acid by a spurned lover in 2005 while she was going to a bookstore. The gruesome attack scarred and disfigured her face, ears, hands and chest but could not scar her spirit. Today she is fighting all over the India for acid attacks victims and is bringing reforms to change the situation of acid attacks victims in India. She has undergone 7 surgeries in a span of 4 years and it was her father who was always by her side. His death in 2012 came as a big blow to her. During this time, she met a man named Alok, who eventually fell in love with her and now actively supports her in all her reforms and steps. Laxmi was honoured with the International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama at an award ceremony at the State Department in Washington, on March 4, 2014.
#4 Girish Gogia
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An enthusiast and a confident ocean diver, Girish took off the cliff in Goa in 1999. One miscalculated and misjudged dive changed his life completely. He got paralyzed below the neck due to cervical spinal cord injury, which left all his limbs immobile. But he didn’t lose hope. His positive attitude and progressive, passionate approach towards life helped him recover from the morasses of life. He feels that it his duty to share his experience with the world and has undertaken a mission to spread Positive Energy to change peoples’ perception towards life.
#5 Arunima Sinha
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The world’s first female amputee to climb the mighty Mt.Everest, Mt. Elbrus and Kilimanjaro, Arunima is a former national level volleyball and a football player who lost her leg and injured her spine in a train accident while fighting robbers. But instead of fearing and living her entire life grieving, she decided to climb Mt. Everest when she was in the hospital. She took 28 days basic training course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and was a trainee under Bachendri Pal. She wanted to prove herself and the world that here is nothing that can stop and destroy a person’s will and determination. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav honoured Arunima Sinha, as the first amputee to climb Mount Everest. She has proved that we can escalate every trouble in life and that there is hope at the end of every tunnel.
These extraordinary people have surely achieved the feat that even able people could not achieve. They have truly triumphed over their odds and achieved their dreams.