"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." - Jim Rohn
On 23rd Dec’2000, I met with a ghastly accident. This accident took in a rural place called Indapur (located on the Kokan, Mumbai Goa high way) during my family trip near Goa. I was crushed over & dragged by car around 20-25 feet’s (as per local News & the people who saw). I was lying on road unconscious. After 5-10 minutes when my father came to see me, he took me to the nearest district Hospital (Mangoan, 10-15 Km away from accident spot) where the doctors categorically asked my parents’ permission to amputate my leg to save my life as half of my ankle was crushed and a lot blood was wasted. My Parents brought me to Thane city private hospital same day where I had my 1st major operation. Further, I had many major & minor operations that included grafting, plastic surgery. I was not able to move a bit of my leg due to the interconnecting rods between my right & left legs that were screwed to my bone. X-ray clearly showed the threads of the rods on my bone. After around 30 days in various hospitals they removed the rods attached in my left leg, but not from the right leg.
On 31st Jan’2001, I was discharged from the hospital with supports steel structure on right leg so that I should not move my right ankle and the foot remains joint to the leg. After 3 months all steel rods where removed. Most expenses for the hospitals and medicines where collected from charity from various NGO’s, while some where bored from relatives.
Doctors were of the the opinion that I won’t be able to walk without any support for my entire life.
"I have to walk on my own legs without any support to run", I decided. "I cannot lie on the bed" was the motto of my life. I started working very hard for it daily, started with crutches even with tremendous pain.
It didn’t shattered me or my aim. I had to walk on my own leg. I kept repeating it day in day out.
I had to repeat my course of 7th grade as my attendance due to hospitalization was not enough & further more they were not sure that I will be attending next year regularly. Which I continued on crutches, the feeling to go back to my regular school was not good. I was embarrassed to go on crutches, people were showing sympathy on me. But my will said that I had to continue and I cannot sit at home for life, I have to suffer this and I have to walk again on my own legs without supports. I lost all my so called friends (colleagues) as I could not play with them. This is the time I really came to know about my true friends & classmates. My hard work paid off as in Sept’2001 I left those crutches and started walking on Orthopedics shoe. Still my heart believed that I can even leave this support which I ultimately achieved.
Still right leg is disoriented 45% in damaged condition I suffer pain (sometimes) which I am used to it, but I can walk on my own legs without any supports.This is my biggest ever achievement, even bigger than my call from IIM because it taught me so many things which are impossible to put in words or can’t be shared. I believe God has given me a 2nd change for something which I hope I will figure out and will be focusing on it.
1) Be the One what you to be, accept the challenges as more bitter the experiences are the sweeter the success is.
2) It on your Attitude & Dedication towards the problem which matters.
3) Create the target / Aim in Life & work for it.
Written by Amit Gandhi PGP2013-15, on his own life experience.