FROM TRAGEDY TO TRI­UMPH

Friday - - Editor's Letter - Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

Even when she had LOST 80 PER CENT of her BLOOD and her LEG was HANG­ING on by a THREAD of skin fol­low­ing a GRENADE EX­PLO­SION, she bat­tled to live. She’s a STRONG and BRAVE LADY

starred in her own doc­u­men­tary, has mod­elled, makes her own clothes, and inspires and mo­ti­vates oth­ers. She even says in her real-life story on page 20 that she is glad that she lost both her hands be­cause it has en­cour­aged her to help oth­ers. She’s an in­cred­i­bly strong and brave lady. Let me know what you think of her story and the rest of the is­sue. Un­til next week, he lost both her hands in a freak ac­ci­dent when she was just 13 and yet Malvika Iyer didn’t let that stand in the way of her dreams. The school­girl was a fighter. Even when she had lost 80 per cent of her blood and her leg was hang­ing on by a thread of skin fol­low­ing a grenade ex­plo­sion, she bat­tled to live.

Doc­tors man­aged to save her man­gled legs and she was de­ter­mined to walk. Malvika then faced the up­hill strug­gle to learn to write, feed her­self, and even ap­ply her make-up with ar­ti­fi­cial arms and hands.

Oth­ers might have wal­lowed in self-pity or plunged into de­pres­sion, but she re­fused to cry – not even once – or feel sorry for her­self. In fact, she re­alised she could in­spire oth­ers and af­ter grad­u­at­ing with top marks Malvika be­gan giv­ing mo­ti­va­tional speeches to school­child­ren, cul­mi­nat­ing in a TED Talk – watched by hun­dreds of thou­sands around the globe. To­day she has

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