Shalini Saraswathi, a quadruple amputee and 10K runner

Shalini Saraswathi, a quadruple amputee and 10K runner

Shalini Saraswathi, a quadruple amputee and 10K runner

Shalini Saraswathi lost all her limbs to a rare disease four years ago. In an inspiring show of grit, the 37-year-old a quadruple amputee has been training to take part in the Open 10K Run on Sunday in Bengaluru.

In 2012, Shalini contracted rickettsial atmos – a rare bacterial infection, after a few days of her pregnancy. It resulted in a miscarriage and even led to a multi-organ failure.

The bad luck did not stop there. Her limbs stopped responding and began to rot, forcing doctors to amputate them. And then began Shalini’s amazing fight back.

She tried to get back on her feet with the help of prosthetic legs. After a two year effort, she walked for the first time in December 2014, after her illness.

She then began training under coach B P Aiyappa at the Kanteerava Stadium. She practices for 90 minutes every morning running and doing related workout. After another two year struggle, she is now able to run for 30 minutes.

Shalini also acquired fibre blades by Ottobock recently. With the state-of-the-art prosthetics and her natural determination, she is looking forward for the 10k run.

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