Moodabidri: Roopa, an engineering student lost her right forearm in an accident on Feb 16, 2015 but her determination and aplomb carried her to pinnacle of her career. She fought the hard way, result of which she not only passed with distinction in computer engineering examinations but also managed to get a job in a reputed software firm in Bengaluru. During the battle period she underwent 13 surgeries at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) hospital in Manipal and switched to writing using her left hand. With one surgery remaining she wishes to forge ahead to reach greater heights in her career.
Sequence of events
Roopa was on her way to college in a bus from Kundapur on Feb 16, 2015 after the holiday. When bus met an accident Roopa’s right forearm got crushed and the separated flesh remained loosely hanging. Fellow passengers had taken on heels leaving Roopa in agony along with regular traveler Niveditha.
But, Niveditha took the onus of ferrying severely injured Roopa to a private hospital in Udupi and later to KMC Manipal. It was Niveditha who had also called upon her brother to donate blood for Roopa and thus stood as an epitome of humanity.
After this incident, Roopa underwent a total of 13 surgeries.
She was on the verge of finishing her computer science engineering when accident took place. The unexpected incident called accident did not deter her after she returned from hospital. Her mother helped her to practice writing using her left hand. After a year’s period she was back in college as a regular student though she lost a year due to circumstances beyond her control.
Anxiety prevailed in the near and dear one’s minds as exams drew near. Roopa completed writing her papers within the stipulated time using her left hand like a regular student. To everyone’s surprise she secured distinction by obtaining 70% marks! Job recruiters who were contemplating seeing her condition offered two jobs simultaneously. She has chosen EMC square, a software firm in Bengaluru where she is employed now.
Roopa feels proud of herself and expresses her happiness in her words and actions when one encounters her. He younger sister Deepa, employee in a reputed dental college in Mangaluru feels the contribution from family is just 10% though mother alone has borne the burden during the difficult period. According to her it is her sister’s sheer determination helped her to achieve which she alone could.
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