Disease does not deter him from writing exam

Disease does not deter him from writing exam
At a time when physically fit and healthy students lack interest in studies, a bedridden 18-year-old boy with both hands and one leg fractured, physically carried to the examination centre by three persons, is taking the first PUC Commerce examination lying on a bed.

Arjun Adyanthaya’s sheer grit and determination have made him take the examination with the help of a scribe. Arjun, son of Bhagwan Das, an employee of a private plastic manufacturing unit and Vanitha Adyanthaya, a home-maker, never walked in his life as his bones are brittle. Medically known as Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), it is a rare genetic disorder that mainly affects bones.

“Even a little pressure on his hands or legs would result in fracture and you can hear a sound just like a wooden stick broken or a firewood is cut,” his mother Vanitha, who carried him to school literally till he completed his class 8, said.

As Arjun showed keen interest in learning, his parents made special arrangements for him to bring to school in a special vehicle and St Aloysius School (where studied from class 1 to 10) too extended all support. Arjun scored 82% in SSLC examination.

Looking at his interest, St Aloysius PU College not only offered him a seat with special arrangements like ramp to move in a wheel chair, but also extended all other facilities.

His parents moved from their own house to a rented house as their own house is in the first floor and they were scared that any fall would prove costly to delicate Arjun.

Another problem

On January 23, when Bhagawan Das and Arjun were plying in a car, Bhagawan Das applied sudden brake to save a snake which was crossing the road. The result: Arjun, who was seated in the car lost balance and hit the dashboard, resulting in the immediate fracture of his both hands and one leg.

As Arjun was determined to take the examinations, a special arrangement was made at the college. He is literally carried by three persons to the college, where he is taking up first PUC examination lying on a bed, with the help of a scribe. “An ever-smiling and cheerful Arjun is a big motivation and inspiration to other students,” Principal Rev Fr Melwyn Mendonca said.

Ask Arjun what he wants to become and pat comes the reply - either a computer engineer or an automobile engineer. “Though he is studying only in first PUC now, he has already started pestering me to enquire whether at St Aloysius College would give him seat in the college after PUC,” his mother said.

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