Sahana Rajdev, 50, from Kolkata was diagnosed with OI at the age of 13 while undergoing a treatment for trauma to the eye and multiple fractures with very little injury. Currently she has loss of vision in both eyes due to trauma on very fragile ocular tissue. She is also suffering from Partial loss of hearing in both ears due to OI. She has had numerous fractures in both legs along with scoliosis in dorsal and lumbar spine. At present, she is suffering from severe bone, neuro and muscular pain along with occasional breathlessness.
Inspite of the challenges as described above, Sahana has had a brilliant academic career all throughout till post graduation in Museum Science, where she secured a first position in Kolkata University. Her other hobbies include painting and craft. A sample of her creation is attached for your reference. She has managed an NGO successfully for more than seventeen years. Unfortunately, she had to take a break to undergo rehabilitation for her vision loss.
Sahana is a self-motivated person and her vision loss or OI has never been an impediment through out to achieve something. At an early age of 9, she left the comfort of her home and went to New Delhi, just to study in a better school. She came out with flying colors and ultimately completed her post graduation, inspite of her impediments. After her post graduation, She found an NGO named “ Sarvoday”. The objective of this organization was to provide economic rehabilitation for Disabled. Sahana got immersed herself very deeply in to the activity of the organization and sacrificed her career opportunities completely.
IOIF salutes her courage and commitment despite all her struggles. She is an example of a true unbreakable spirit!!!