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

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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

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