In 2013, pregnant with her first child and returning from her fourth anniversary celebration in Cambodia, Shalini, a Bangalore based engineer, developed a mild fever. The doctors thought it was dengue. But it turned out to be Rickettsial with morts, a rare bacterial infection. Shalini’s life turned upside down over the next few months. Confined to the ICU and told she had a 5% chance of survival, this 37-year-old expecting mother lost her baby.
As she battled her condition further, gangrene attacked her left arm and it seemed almost certain that it would have to be amputated. “Before my brain and heart accepted it, my nose smelt the rot,” writes Shalini on her blog, Soul Survived Intact. She would go to the hospital and as the doctors removed parts of her rotting flesh, she would “bawl like a child.” Her left hand was amputated in 2013 and a few months later her right hand dropped off on its own. .
But her ordeal was far from over. Her legs fell prey to gangrene next. From deep within her, Shalini drew on courage that only a true fighter could access.
On the day her legs had to be amputated, she wore a bright shade of nail polish as she went to the hospital. “If my legs were going, they were going to go out in style!” she wrote on her blog www.soulsurvivedintact.blogspot.in
Shalini completed the 2016 and 2017 editions of the TCS 10k and aspires to inspire a lot many people and infact feels that when you hit rock bottom, the only way for you is upwards.
To read more about Shalini and her crazy determination, check out her blog! .
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