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My Story: I Asked The Nurse To Pick My Leg Off The Floor Since It Seemed To Have Fallen Off

The Logical Indian Crew

April 24th, 2017

SHARES

“It was 2010 in Nangal, Punjab, I was studying hard, playing hard. Until one day, everything decided to get shaken up a tad. I was on my bike heading to coaching class when I suddenly found my leg crushed between a van and my bike. Four days after my seventeenth birthday, doctors could not bring blood flow and sensation back to my right leg, and I had to lose it. A few days after, I asked the nurse to pick my leg off the floor since it seemed to have fallen off. That was my first experience of ‘phantom limb’ – a sensation that a missing limb is still attached.

Fast forward a few years, and I stand on the banks of Ottiambakkam Lake, having finished a ten-kilometer swim, paddling in the water nonstop for 355 minutes. I was sun burnt, cramped, and exhausted, and yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Adrenaline and exhilaration course through me.

I learnt everything all over again – how to sit straight, crawl, stand up, it was all new. Even after a prosthetic limb, I was unsure. How will I travel the world and live a life full of the adventures and stories I had always dreamt of? Would I still be able to become the actor I had dreamed of becoming? Today, I work for a multinational in Bengaluru. I picked up new hobbies and love photography and swimming. I lived alone in hostel through my years in college, I had to struggle a bit more than the abled person, but every difficulty of my past has been a motivation for my future.

Seven years ago, I lost my leg. If you ask me today if I will ever want to change my situation, my answer would be “No”. My leg hasn’t disabled me…it’s only opened up a new world to me.”

– Dhruv Batra


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