Images of India : Quadruple amputee who runs Marathons…

ShaliniShalini, 37, has no limbs, the result of a painful battle she lost against a rare bacterial infection. The condition left her with multiple-organ failure. She fought bravely and cheated death, but lost her unborn child. By competing in the Open 10K category, Shalini wants to inspire the differently abled to live in the present. “It’s tough training under coach BP Aiyappa, who treats me like any normal person,” Shalini said. “In the beginning, I wanted to get away from it all; but now I’m enjoying it.” Shalini plans to compete with carbon-fibre running blades loaned to her by Ottobock, a German company. But advances in prosthetics haven’t helped her much in finding options to replace her hands, which had to be amputated three years ago. What began as a mild fever turned her life upside down. “Doctors first thought that I had dengue. As my condition worsened, they realized I had Rickettsial with morts, a rare bacterial infection that affects one person in a million. Shalini dug deep into her reserves of courage and determination as she battled physical and emotional trauma. But when gangrene struck, she realized amputation was inevitable. Shalini hopes people inspired by her story will support her. “The carbon-fibre blades are costly. The company has loaned them to me. A set of running blades will cost her Rs.1 million. Please help Shalini by contributing whatever you wish on this link : https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/RisingAbove