“Exactly 6 years ago today, I had an accident that changed my life completely. I vaguely recollect the details of that day, but I remember missing the school bus and taking my mom’s scooter to school. It was just another day for me until life decided it wasn’t. The next thing I remember is waking up 15 days later, in a hospital, with my hands and legs tied to a bed. I have no memory of those 15 days whatsoever.
According to my mother, this is what happened – on the 24th of September 2014, while heading back home from school, I met with a major bike accident that left me with a brain concussion and had me bleeding from my ears, nose, and mouth.
I was in a Coma for 15 straight days due to a blood clot in my brain. The first thing that the doctor told my parents was that there is only a 2% chance of me surviving. To be honest, I cannot imagine what my parents went through knowing that I might not wake up. Those 15 days of my life are still unclear, still a blur.
It’s hard to believe but all I remember was feeling a strong force, something extremely powerful and intense. There were moments where I would hum rhymes and sing songs and there were moments where I would count numbers, unconsciously.
On the 16th day, when I partially started to gain my senses, my heart rate dropped drastically and left me unconscious again. I was immediately rushed to the heart defibrillation center for cardioversion. It’s a process of sending electric shocks through electrodes to your heart to restore the heart rhythm. I slowly started gaining my senses and the shock treatment was by far the most painful moments I have experienced in my life.
Although I started getting better, everything was still a blur. After the doctors said I was out of danger, I was taken back home to be treated at home.
It’s almost like I got a second chance at life and I was like a “17-year-old newborn baby”.
I started off with my body being partially paralyzed. The whole right side of my body and the left side of my face was affected by paralysis. I couldn’t blink or shut my left eye so they had to tape it shut when I was sleeping and I couldn’t even smile or cry.
I couldn’t really get myself to look in the mirror as the whole left side of my face wasn’t functioning and it was depressing to see where I had ended up.
The reason I consider it rebirth is because I literally learned everything from scratch. The first thing I had to learn was how to walk. That was the most difficult part of my recovery. Eventually, when I started noticing growth and improvement, I knew it would be worth it. Although it was sad to see some people treating me like a special person, I guess that was their way of showing support.
After a month of hard work, I could finally stand on my own. When I went to see my doctor during my first appointment, he was shocked and called me the ‘miracle boy’ as he was amazed by how speedy my recovery was.
Meanwhile, I had my 12th board exams and I was never a bright student before that but, as I said, this incident has strangely changed my life. I had no idea if I could make it through the exams, but I knew I had to try if I didn’t want to waste an entire academic year. I couldn’t write so I had a scribe to help me give my exams. Surprisingly, I scored really well and my confidence shot up.
Today it has been 6 years since the accident happened and all I can say is that the journey has been beautiful. Nothing throughout the whole process was a cakewalk for me and I know for a fact that it’s not supposed to be. It’s a beautiful process of immense learning and growth.
I’m now a successful product designer, a complete fitness enthusiast, and an aspiring entrepreneur. Today the only reason I stand on my own legs doing what I love doing is that I have strived to grow in every possible situation. My only motto in life is to evolve as a better human being and make this world a better place to live in. I am 22 years old now and there is so much more I want to do in life. I am thankful for everyone who has believed and supported me throughout so far.”
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