Quadruple Amputee Aims To Run In Marathon

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An Indian woman who lost both legs, and hands, to a rare bacterial infection has defied all odds to become an audacious blade runner.

An engineer by profession, Shalini Saraswathi, 37, from Bengaluru in south India, overcame the grievous condition to which she lost both her legs and each of her hands.

In an inspiring show of grit, the quadruple amputee took part in an open 10k run recently – just three years after fighting with the rare disease.

In 2013, pregnant with her first child and returning from her fourth marriage anniversary celebration in Cambodia, Shalini developed a mild fever.

But the mild fever was diagnosed to be an acute case of rickettsial with morts – a rare bacterial infection.

Shalini’s life turned upside down over the next few months. She remained in the ICU of a local hospital, where she lost her baby – something that Shalini considers as the biggest loss of her life.

As she battled her condition further, gangrene attacked her left arm and it seemed almost certain that it would have to be amputated.
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