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Bed-Ridden Commerce Student With Genetic Disorder Scores 72%

28 April 2019


Bangalore: At a time, when students lose heart at every small failure and contemplate committing suicide, even without thinking about the repercussions it will create, the willpower of Kanhaiya M is praiseworthy.

A common student, with an uncommon disease, Kanhaiya M suffers from muscular dystrophy. He can’t walk, can’t write and can’t move and can’t even sit on wheelchair for long hours. He is bedridden. But this did not deter him from scoring 72% in the II Pre University examinations.

This commerce student appeared the exams by writing with the help of a scribe and is now planning to join a BCom course soon.

Kanhaiya was diagnosed with this genetic disorder when he just 7-yr-old. This disorder causes loss of muscle mass which results in progressive weakness. But he always wanted to continue his studies as a regular student and is presently a student in BES PU College, Malleswaram.

Everyone deterred him from appearing the examinations this year as he had become completely immobile. Three months before the exams, his condition had worsened and attending college on wheelchair had also become tough. His mother accompanied him to college and he would attend only one class a day, as sitting on wheelchair for long period was not possible for him.

His mother, S Laxmi informed that he was on a bed in the exam hall, and dictated answers to the scribe. Moreover, he couldn’t even attempt all the questions as his voice had sunk due to lack of muscle strength.

But the most difficult ordeal for the young boy was to study for the exam. He would read books kept inverted on a glass screen atop his head with the help of a stand connected to his desk. When he was done with a page, he would ask his mother to turn it.

When students all around whine about the not-so-good facilities in their surroundings, one should look up to Kanhaiya for inspiration whose positive outlook and focussed purpose will definitely give a reason to be gratified of what we have and can do with it.