Heroes

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles” – Christopher Reeve

The people whose life’s journey are captured below are the guiding stars who give us the strength to move ahead. These are people with OI who have broken barriers to stood tall in our society.

Sirisha  :Sirisha was born in Chittoor town district in Andhra Pradesh in the year 1988. The medical staff was not aware of OI and handled her as they would handle any infant born without OI. During birth she experienced multiple fractures in several parts of her body. However, a recognition of underlying cause could not be made and Sirisha was continuously writhing in pain. Observing these incidents, the doctor advised to take the baby to an orthopaedic doctor. Within 30 minutes, as the orthopedic doctor checked her, Sirisha was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. With the hope to find a cure for their daughter, Sirisha’s parents took her to several hospitals like NIMS Hyderabad, Vijayawada orthopaedic center and AIIMS. The diagnosis, however remained the same and was confirmed by all the doctors. By this time the family had understood that there was no cure for the condition.

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Dhanya  :Dhanya Ravi is a global name, she is a motivational speaker, a flamboyant woman and an innocent child at heart. Dhanya has a purpose in life, a purpose to create traction and awareness about OI and spares no moment to work towards it. Like a hero she has tackled all the hurdles in her life and acquired a calm demeanor tantamount to that of a wise saint. This article is the story of Dhanya Ravi.

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Lasya:Lasya walks with support in her legs and is still learning to walk. We asked her, “What her aim is in life?” Her answer was, “Money is not important, I want to walk”. This profound sentence coming from a 7 year old is a testimony to the fact that this kid has been living life at a very close range, keenly observing all events in her life.

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