"The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." And the story I am about to share with you all is a perfect example to this.
May 6, 2014, a day just like any other. Deepak Saini, a boy from Ambala, Haryana left his house with his friend to board the train from Ambala Railway Station. The train was overcrowded, but they somehow managed to get in.
Suddenly, a lady asked Deepak to fill her bottle from the water cooler. He got off the train to help her. Little did he know that his life is about to take a massive turn...
"I carried the bottles in my hands, and without thinking about anything, I tried to get back on the train. My foot slipped, I fell on the platform and the compartment through which I fell moved forward, but my bag got stuck in the one behind it. The other compartment was dragging me, and my body came under the train. And, in a few moments, it got over my left leg."
As soon as Deepak's friends and some kind people around saw him, they went to drag him up the track. He also recalled,"A bunch of people were busy shooting videos and clicking pictures. For them, I was just another WhatsApp story."
Later, his friends took him to Ambala City Civil Hospital. After some treatment, he was sent to PGI, Chandigarh and his limb was removed.
Since amputation happened below the knee, Deepak's parents expected that doctors would re-attach his leg. But they were later informed that his entire leg portion below the hip must be removed. "It was a critical and hard situation for my parents and me. Everything seemed to be a hell through which my family and I were going through; the feeling was indescribable. At that moment nothing was happening in our favour."
After some time, doctors suggested Deepak's parents for buying crutches and also helping him in using them. Deepak was not happy with this decision because he felt helpless and weak. As a change, his parents decided to send him to college for continuing the studies where he had to stay in a hostel. But...
"At college, every person used to stare at me in such a sympathetic way. So, I started making excuses for not going to the college. I used to stay at the hostel, crying whole day, asking the same questions to myself. I was surrounded by negativity."
"A year later, the diploma ended and all my wounds healed. So, I went for an artificial limb treatment. My BTech college was about 2-3 km away from my hostel. Sometimes I used to take rickshaws and sometimes I used to walk. But since my amputation was below the hip, I wasn't able to attend classes for more than 2-3 hours because artificial leg would hurt my body. Even my attendance kept on going short."
He then decided to use crutches again. And, one day after an argument with one of the classmates, he decided to go back home.
"Then one day I got to know that two of my friends from Diploma were doing Industrial Training in Chandigarh. With their help, I joined the training, and the beautiful and green city changed my life completely."
Since the problem of using artificial leg remained the same, Deepak's friends suggested him to use the crutches. Deepak narrated how his friends supported him to gather the strength to start all over again.
"The profile had a tremendous impact on me. The person had lost his leg but walked on one. And then I sat down to find out about other amputee achievers. If they can do it, I will too, I decided. And, that moment changed my life."
"I customised my crutches as Batman and Superman and made my wings. It built my confidence and started interacting with people. I even participated in the dance event at Chandigarh Spinal Rehab Centre where they even made me drive a bike."
"My family has been the support system in my life, and I am thankful to them for everything. After the accident, I weakened myself, but my family was ready to face every adverse situation. I belong to a middle-class family but when the doctors suggested an artificial limb, my father without giving a second thought, took a loan from the bank. He put all his savings on me, and didn't even question me when I stopped using it."
"I talked about my past and present. But no-one knows abt my plans. Sometimes even I get confused, but I try to focus on my achievements. I want my future to be brighter than the sun. I don't know what it holds, but I don't want to give up. I want to live and love every moment of my life with my one leg.
Every time I see the changes I made in myself, it motives me. If today I have to do something, I don't need to ask anyone for it. Today, I am more independent than the abled people."
"I didn't have any big dreams. It was just that I have to complete my studies and then get settled in life. But after this accident, everything changed. I was fond of playing basketball, and I was also passionate about photography. But I never had time for sports or any other curriculum activities."
"After two years of the accident, I realised that there is a form of cricket called 'Disabled Cricket'. I researched it and went for giving my trials for one team. When I reached for the test, I saw that I was the only one there with one leg. Yes, you can say that I was the UNIQUE ONE. There I gave my first trial for cricket, but I wasn't selected. I tried my best, and enjoyed that moment."
"I tried for Wheel-Chair Cricket. And there I played my FIRST TOURNAMENT. That day I got to know about my exceptional talent in cricket. These all things made me happy, more confident and passionate towards my life."
At the end, Deepak Saini quoted, "Don't ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go."
"A positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life. Find your inspiration in yourself. Because other people can motivate you from outside, but only you can motivate your inner soul."
That's all, readers. I hope Deepak's story serves as a motivation for all of us.
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