Let's begin with Stephen Hawking. The renowned scientist has been suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) where the joints in his body don't respond to the messages send by the brain.
As a result, the muscles become dysfunctional and the body is unable to respond. Also known as Neuron Motor Disease, this condition slowly paralyses one's body.
But, this disease doesn't touch the brain. The brain functions normally, but, in the case of Stephen Hawking it's working extraordinarily, making him one of the greatest scientists of our era.
And his followers are everywhere, including our own Tuhin Dey, who is affected by Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a disorder that develops during a woman's pregnancy and reduces the mobility of joints of the baby's hands and legs. Ninety percent of his body doesn't function. Yet, he has won numerous awards for his towering achievements.
Read on to know the complete story of Tuhin Dey who hails from Midnapore district of West Bengal.
According toHindustan Times, Tuhin writes from his mouth and operates his laptop through his chin. He even can't speak so he's dependent on computerised voice communication system. He can't move his body, so he has customised wheelchair to assist his movements. But all these things haven't stopped Tuhin from dreaming. His dream is to be like Stephen Hawking, one day.
Tuhin operates gadgets from his lower lip and chin. According to the Better India, his friends and teachers say that he's a computer wizard who understands computer complexities better than his classmates. Though he can't speak, his grasping power beats all, say his teachers.
Tuhin Dey has received the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2012 and Best Creative Child Award with Disabilities in 2013 from the President Pranab Mukherjee.
Doctors have said his disease is not curable. Tuhin appeared for class X examination this year without the help of a writer or using extra time given to students with disabilities. Now he is waiting for the results.
When The Week interviewed him, he said he is interested in Cosmology, Astro-Physics and Computer Science, and idolises Stephen Hawking.
"I want to get into IIT and become like him one day," he said.
He also wants to study at Oxford, UK, for research studies and dreams of meeting Stephen Hawking.
Tuhin's situation is slightly different from Stephen Hawking but there's a similarity in both the situations in that it doesn't affect the brain.
"You need brain, not brawn, to get ahead in life. This congenital disease does not affect intelligence and as long as he can use a wheelchair to move and communicate, he will remain highly-functional," Dr Yash Gulati told Hindustan Times, referring to Tuhin's illness. Dr Gulati is a senior consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, and surgeon to the President of India.
Tuhin father is a property broker and his mother is a housewife. The family has recently shifted to Kota to assist Tuhin to help him prepare for IIT at Allen Career Institute. When The Better India interviewed Tuhin's parents, they said whenever they feel depressed due to their struggles, it's Tuhin who says that everything will be alright.
His father Simran said "We have left our hometown and shifted to Kota, I don't know what I will be doing but surely I will find some work."
Tuhin's mother left her teaching job in 2012 when he won the National Child Award.
"Since his birth in 1999, Tuhin has undergone more than 20 surgeries. But that did not deter this boy from studies," Sujata told The Better India, adding that he's an "extraordinary" student.
Thanks for inspiring us, Tuhin. You will be like Stephen Hawking, one day.