At the age of 13 a grenade explored on her hands in a bomb blast making her bed ridden for 2 years. She got on with life with a new beginning and is now unstoppable. Read Malvika Iyer’s story.
Malvika Iyer was born in Kombamkonam, nearly spending 13 years of her life in Bikaner in Rajasthan.
One fine day, not aware of an incident that would turn Malvika’s life upside down she was unfortunately a victim of a blast accident on May 26, 2002. An ammunition depot in Bikaner had caught fire, the shells, grenades and other bits and pieces were scattered all over the city. One grenade landed in Malvika’s neighbourhood. They all were told that it was a defused shell. A young Malvika was trying to stick something on her jeans and she required something loaded and heavy to hammer it with, she tried using the shell and instantly it exploded in her hands.
She lost her hands in the blast. When everyone came to rescue her, their attention went to her hands as they were detached from the body, nobody paid heed to her legs.
Malvika told an uncle of hers, “Uncle catch my legs. They are going to fall off from my body.”
Talking about the pain she felt after the blast she says, “But what pain it was red hot agony sliced through my charred body mercilessly. The risk of infection in my legs was too great, the doctors cautioned, because a million tiny pieces of the grenade were lodged in there. So those wounds were kept open for three months as they kept cleaning it vigorously.”
It took two years and several surgeries for her to walk again.
Malvika told Rediff, ” Within moments of the explosion I heard my mom screaming, “Meri bachhi ke haath chale gaye!” I was taken to the hospital immediately. There was so much damage to my limbs that my body went into a state of shock. I could not feel anything as the four main nerves were instantly cut. There was 80 per cent blood loss. When I reached the hospital there was zero BP, the doctors were not sure if I would survive. Even in that state I remember apologising to my mom, telling her that I am sorry I put her through this. Then I said I wanted to meet this friend of mine. It was so strange. I gave the contact number of my friend and told my parents to call her. I was terrified; would this really be the last time I was going to see these people? The doctors were not sure that they would be able to save my leg, especially the left one. It was dangling, just hanging from a small bit of skin.”
She added, ” Later a skin grafting operation was done and with that I am left with just two stumps. Fortunately, the stumps, especially the right one, were quite long, so I was able to lift them like how a squirrel does. I was treated at a Bone and Joint clinic in Anna Nagar in Chennai. After months of intense therapy, I was finally able to walk. My accident happened in May 2002. I took my first few painful steps in November 2003. I still had a long way to go.”
Malvika took 18 months to recover and come back home. After returning it was more difficult for her to deal with life.
When the results of her board exams were out she was a state rank holder, scoring 483 out of 500. She scored a 100 in Maths and Science, while coming first in Hindi, scoring 97. Malvika was also invited to meet the then President Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
She had won the war against proving that being disabled means nothing. After that Malvika went to St. Stephens and graduated in economics.
After that, Malvika started growing stronger and confident, and began studying for a Masters degree in social work from the Delhi School of Social Work.
Malvika Iyer was assigned with the fieldwork to teach differently abled children, Iyer said, “ I ended up learning so much from them instead.”
Iyer said, “When people around me started telling me that I am disabled and my life is over, I believed them. It is when I believed in myself that magic started to happen.”
Today, Malvika is a PhD scholar, international motivational speaker, TEDx talk, models many times on the ramp for them who make clothes for differently abled children.
Malvika lives by Scott Hamilton’s words, ‘The only disability in life is a bad attitude.’ She feels that her disability is a shield against mediocrity.
Malvika Iyer in her life is the epicentre of optimism and courage, with all the work she has and it speaks for herself. Today Malvika is a motivational speaker, dedicated social worker and model for accessible clothing in India. Malvika has heartily thanked her mother for all the support in her life an it would not have been possible without her.
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