Woman Of Steel: 24-Yr-Old Kerala IAS Aspirant With Bone Disorder Appears For UPSC Prelims With Oxygen Cylinder

Shraddha Goled Kerala

June 3rd, 2019 / 6:53 PM

Latheesha Ansari UPSC

Image Credit: Asianet News

There are times when we feel overwhelmed by the problems in our lives. We feel like giving up. And then there are times when we come across people like Latheesha Ansari who go in life with great enthusiasm, despite severe challenges.

Latheesha, a young gutsy 24-year-old woman appeared for the Preliminary Civil Services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission with an oxygen cylinder beside her on June 1.

Latheesha suffers from ‘type II Osteogenesis Imperfecta’ (also called the brittle bone condition).  On top of that, she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, one year back which renders her dependent on an oxygen cylinder for her respiratory needs.

“Want To Work For Development Of Disabled Persons”

Latheesha hails from Kottayam and has been preparing for the coveted exam, considered one of the toughest examinations in the country, for last three years. She suffers from brittle bones since birth, a genetic disease that causes bones to break very easily. Last year, she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. But that did not deter her spirit. 

“I had to undergo an operation. The oxygen level in my bloodstream was low. This left me with a breathing problem and also suffered from recurring fever,” Latheesha told The Logical Indian. She says that her condition is much better now.

When asked about how she performed in the examination, an optimistic Latheesha tells us that she found it to be easy and hopes to get favourable results.

Making sure that she writes the exam without any hassle was a struggle in itself. Latheesha’s family repeatedly requested for a portable oxygen cylinder in the examination hall. The permission was finally granted after Kottayam District Collector PR Sudheer Babu’s intervention.

There is more to Latheesha who holds a Master degree in Commerce. She has been a passionate keyboardist and loves to do glass painting.

“I have been playing keyboard for as long as I can remember, almost from the last 20 years. My other hobbies include glass painting which I have been doing she I was a school student,” tells Latheesh. She is an active member of a charitable society that works for people with brittle bone disease named Amrithavarshini.

പെൺചിറകുകൾ ♥♥♥♥♥♥നിന്നെ ഓർത്തിരിക്കുമ്പോൾ…കുഞ്ഞു നക്ഷത്രങ്ങളിൽ നിന്നൊരു പുഞ്ചിരി.. മാതൃത്വത്തിൻെറ വാത്സല്യ ഉറവകൾ..എൻെറ ലത്തീഷ…Latheesha Ansari

സഫീന കെ.എസ് കോട്ടയം ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಬುಧವಾರ, ಮೇ 22, 2019

“I want to work for disabled people. I want to make sure that no obstacle comes their way for the pursuance of their dreams. I hope that my story motivates others who despite being limited by their condition, dare to dream big,” Latheesha says when asked about her future.

The Logical Indian Take

Latheesha is a prime example of what difference steel-like determination makes in one’s life. The way Latheesha speaks of her dreams and her journey is enough to fill one with optimism. She has proved that you are defined by your action and not by your limitations. The Logical Indian congratulates her and wishes her luck for all her future endeavours.

Also Read: Spine Injury Disabled Her But Not Her Dream To Travel The World


Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by : Shweta Kothari

Related Stories

Sparsh Shah National Anthem

Meet The 16-Year-Old Sparsh Shah With Brittle Bone Disease Who Won’t Let Wheel-Chair Bind Him

Kerala UPSC Tribal Woman

Sreedhanya Suresh Becomes The First Tribal Woman From Kerala To Crack UPSC Exam

Anitha NEET Library

TN: One Year After Anitha’s Death, Family Of NEET Aspirant Builds Library In Her Memory

Akella Raghavendra

This IAS Coach Trains Visually-Challenged UPSC Aspirants With Comprehensive Books In Braille

Gaming Disorder

WHO Classifies Gaming Addiction As Mental Disorder, Know What This Means

Yes Bank Recovers Rs 184 Cr Of Rs 325 Cr After Tata Steel Acquisition Of Bhushan Steel

Latest on The Logical Indian


No Claimants For Dormant Rs 300 Crore Lying In Swiss Bank Linked To Indian Accounts


Post Ayodhya, CJI Ranjan Gogoi To Deliver Four More Crucial Verdicts Before Retirement On Nov 17

Good To Know: Rights Of Women At Time Police Arrest

Fact Check

Fact Check: 7-Yr-Old News Video Of Russia Times On Islamic Party Claiming Sharia Law In Belgium Shared As New

Get Inspired

Duty Before Self! CRPF Constable Braves Heavy Snow To Guard Kashmir Street, Win Hearts On Social Media

Fact Check

Fact Check: Photo Of Iraqi Poet Crying As He Saw Artefacts In British Museum, Stolen From Iraq


Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.