It was all chaos, people shouting and crying. I tried to get up to help others. A sharp pain hit me. That’s when I realised that I was stuck below the bus in which I had been travelling – An iron rod pierced into my stomach and a pool of blood around me. I heard people talking – “Mar gaya – ye bhi mar gaya..” (He is dead, too..). I knew if I did not act then, I would be really dead. So I gathered all my energy and moved a hand. One person noticed. I was rescued - survived with a head injury, permanent Loss of 30% of my hearing capability, a shoulder dislocation, a fractured pelvis which now is a home to a steel fixator, amputation of one leg and loss of sensation in the other leg. 9 more people in the bus died.
I was 19 years old then; travelling in a bus from Mhow to Indore when the accident happened. After 4 months - The surgeon who operated upon me was shocked to see me standing. I clearly remember him saying - "You can do everything if you can stand in 4 months". That kind of defined me.
I am Mahendra Singh – I hold a Limca book record for Riding – 5300 Kms in 17 days – with only one intact leg.
The journey to the record made me strong. With my Ottobock prosthesis, I played cricket again after two and half years. Then played for MP disabled cricket team and 4 inter-state tournaments. Further, I got selected in India team for Bangladesh Tour and played 5 nations’ International Disable Cricket tournament in Sept 2015.
Recently in May ‘18, I went on an expedition to the Himalayan range and again set a record of longest high altitude trekking of 150 Kms (registered in Best Of India Record). Whats next? Who knows where life will take me! I am willing to go anywhere as long as they have an Ottobock clinic there! (Laughs)
[email protected]_ - Magical shades with one of the most beautiful mountain ~ Swargarohini ( 6252m) in western Garhwal Himalayan ranges at Har ki Dun , Uttarakhand . .
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