Tweet When she was a baby, polio paralysed her whole body. She has had over 30 surgeries for broken bones in her legs. Although electric shock therapy for two years helped her upper body regain strength, her body wasted away below the waist. Despite this, Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla has won golds, 27 silvers and 5 bronzes at national and international events, most of them on a rented wheelchair. At 56, she is still the fastest female Indian athlete on a wheelchair. Her father was always determined to make her self-reliant and confident.
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Malathi Holla was left paralysed from the waist down at the age of 1. Today, the Padma Shri awardee is helping differently-abled children fulfill their dreams. From The Better Home They say the only disability in life is a bad attitude; Malathi Holla stands testament to this sentiment. Malathi was born on July 6, A raging fever when she was a year old left her paralysed from the waist down.
She lived there for 15 years, till she completed her 10th standard. During her adolescence, Malathi had to undergo close to one surgery every six months, adding up to a total of 32 surgeries in her growing years.
She faced physical pain, suffering and mental trauma. But while these challenges would discourage others, Malathi not only survived them, but thrived on them as well; she aimed for the stars whilst trying to overcome the setbacks of her physical condition. The experiences that she faced in her childhood motivated her to become the person that she is today. Image Source: Facebook During the testing times in her childhood, Malathi sought refuge in sports.
She set her focus on winning and trained hard every day. Hers truly is an example of the triumph of the human spirit over physical handicap. Those days India had no synthetic tracks.
It is this determination and commitment that has helped her achieve her goals. She has overcome insurmountable obstacles to become a champion and an international athlete.
She has won over medals and has been conferred the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards. Malathi Holla receiving an award She currently works as a manager at Syndicate Bank and trains part-time as a para-athlete.
At present, the foundation is looking after 17 differently-abled children. They are provided with food, accommodation, education and medical support. The lack of awareness on handling children with disabilities, especially in smaller cities, is what motivated her to take up this cause. Children come to Mathru Foundation at the age of 12 and stay till they finish their education. They are educated in private schools near the home.
They need to be reassured often. Most children take up vocational courses post their schooling. Malathi is strict about maintaing discipline at the Mathru House. She recollects the story of the first child who came to her home.
He was 12 years old at that time. He was paralyzed from the neck down, with only one functional hand. Owing to his condition, he was ignored and neglected at home. Today, he has successfully completed his education and has even adopted a positive outlook on life. They hope to expand their capacity to take 30 more children next year.
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Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
You are commenting using your Twitter account. Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla — Wikipedia Malathi was the youngest of their four children. She works as a Manager in Syndicate Bank and shelters 16 children with various disabilities at Mathru Foundation — a charitable trust formed along with her friends. Paralympic athletes are classified according to the type and extent of disability, so that they compete with those on a similar level. Notify me of new posts by email.
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