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A big ‘feet’: Of grit, inspiration & endurance

Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 10:45am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Braveheart Seventeen-year-old Sahil lost his hands in an accident, but doesn’t stop him from giving SSC exam
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Pune: For students and others, who invariably stress about board examination, here is a story of inspiration.
The grit of this 17-year-old boy who lost both his hands in an accident refused to take a writer for SSC examination. Instead, the boy is writing his exam using his feet, not caring whether the process will slow him down or be hurtful.
A perfect example of the idiom “where there is a will, there is a way” is Wadgaonsheri resident Sahil Salim Shaikh.
The both-hands amputee was participating in a school function on the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj anniversary four years ago when he was practicing with an iron rod during rehearsals. The rod touched a high tension wire and he suffered serious burns.
“I was critical for a few days. My father is not educated but it was his dream that I be a literate person. After the tragic incident which took place, I was upset that I cannot fulfill my father’s dream. I started reading and tried to write essays. But many a time, I used to wait till my younger brother returns home who will jot down my thoughts. To become independent, I picked up the pencil and started writing with my foot.”
He added, “I had already lost my two years in my illness and didn’t wish to waste any more time. I want to become an IAS officer. On my first day of examination, the supervisor suggested that he can arrange for a writer who. But I refused as I can write fast and my writing is good.”
Sahil’s grand father Ajeej (70) said, “For two years, he was in trauma. He was not willing to go to school or became less interactive. Later with the help of Kiran Bora who takes coaching classes met him and suggested that he can give his board examination and there can be arrangement for a writer too.” He added, “Presently, his three papers have gone good. We hope that rest of the papers also are fine.”
Owner of Bora Classes, Kiran Bora, has sponsored his education for three years and will bare his expenses in future too. He said, “Since three years, I made him sit in my classes to attend lectures and a year later, asked him to start writing with his leg. For two months he faced problem, but now, he has become an expert in it. He is scoring good and is among the top five in the class.”


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