CHHATTISGARH: It was a scorching summer time day of June 14, 2014 when Chitrasen Sahu boarded a practice from Raipur, certain for Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. At Bhatapara station, Sahu stepped out to purchase a water bottle and rushed again to the coach because the practice began leaving the platform. Whereas attempting to get on board the practice, he slipped; his ft had been caught between the platform and a transferring coach.
Sahu survived; however he misplaced his one leg. Worse, owing to medical negligence, docs needed to amputate his different leg. Belonging to a farmer’s household in Balod district of the state, the younger engineering graduate wished to affix the armed forces. The accident snatched his dream. Months of grief gave solution to a pointed query: What subsequent? First, he was to get used to the substitute limbs. “I used to be like a toddler studying to stroll about,” recollects Sahu. However, like a toddler, he liked his freedom to maneuver. That zeal to maneuver has taken him to inaccessible peaks in recent times.
He’s the primary Indian double-leg amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Kosciuszko (tallest mountain Australia) and Mount Elbrus (Russia) the place the temperature dips between minus 15 and 25 diploma C with snowfall and wind pace at 70 kmph. He didn’t cease there. He carried out skydiving from 14,000 ft, scuba (underwater diving) and is a nationwide para swimmer. “An unknown thrill ran by way of me after I reached these peaks and hoisted the Tricolour. The unrivaled feeling bought an extra enhance as individuals from different nations appreciated my feats,” says Sahu.
The popularity got here in child steps that he took in the direction of extraordinarily powerful duties. “I imagine in small, cautious steps whereas making ready myself for the lengthy haul. Consistency is the important thing to reaching a brand new milestone,” he says. Earlier than venturing into new actions, he carried out detailed analyses, assessed the dangers concerned and the way they could be pursued along with his incapacity.
After his accident, many began pitying him. “It’s tough to not lose braveness when individuals round you make you’re feeling helpless,” mentioned Rakesh Singh Thakur, founder Jan Samarthya Society, which works for the welfare of the disabled. “He works with zeal as he tries various actions,” mentioned his shut affiliate Ravindra Kshatriya of Sumit Basis, which works on healthcare points.
When Sahu noticed the plight of different disabled individuals who had been denied four-wheelers registered of their names, he fought a authorized battle and after 20 months, lastly received within the Chhattisgarh Excessive Court docket, paving the best way for a driving licence for the differently-abled.
Over time, Sahu has advanced himself as a speaker. He attends TedX occasions inspiring others to nurture a constructive imaginative and prescient in the direction of life. He’s additionally concerned in ‘Mission Inclusion’ that builds motivation amongst individuals with disabilities and creates consciousness about their rights. “To beat adversity, one primarily wants willpower and self-confidence. One ought to maintain off excessive ideas and work exhausting whereas chasing a dream,” says Sahu, who’s a agency believer in Rhonda Byrne’s concept: “The key of ‘Legislation of Attraction’ tells us that no matter we imagine will manifest.”
Scaling new heights on synthetic limbs
Chitrasen Sahu is the primary Indian double-leg amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Kosciuszko (the tallest mountain Australia) and Mount Elbrus (Russia). He has additionally carried out skydiving from 14,000 ft, scuba (underwater diving) and is a nationwide para swimmer. He has achieved all this after getting used to his synthetic limbs.