Mumbai girl who lost legs in railway mishap completes MD

Source: TNN | Published on 22nd September 2021, 1:02 PM | National News | Don't Miss |

MUMBAI: Thirteen years ago, when Jogeshwari resident Roshan Jawwad lost both her legs in a train accident, she thought her life had come to a standstill and her childhood dream of becoming a doctor would remain just that.

But the brave girl has showed she’s made of sterner stuff, fighting all odds, including a legal battle and a bone tumour, to complete her MD in pathology and proving where there’s a will there’s a way.

In fact, the adversity only strengthened her resolve to work for the coveted degree despite the bureaucracy’s difficult rules. “I am very happy to have passed MD. It has been difficult, but I had promised myself that I won’t give up,” Roshan, 29, told TOI.

In October 2008, Roshan and her school friends were returning from Andheri to Jogeshwari by train when she fell onto the tracks and her legs came under the moving train. Her lower limbs were severed at the ankle and thigh. Roshan, who had scored 92.2% in Class X in 2008, was returning home after writing her college exam at Bandra’s Anjuman-i-Islam Girls College. The journey of the vegetable vendor’s daughter to becoming a doctor has not been easy.

Want to open a lab for poor, says girl who lost legs in train mishap
She had to approach the Bombay high court for admission to MBBS even after cracking the entrance exam. There was a rule that allowed only people with “up to 70% handicap” to study medicine, but she was found to be 86% handicap post-accident.
She had to make several rounds of the court during the legal battle for admission even as financial problems dogged the family. Then Chief Justice of the Bombay HC, Justice Mohit Shah, directed that Roshan be given admission. And she has never looked back since.

Roshan passed MBBS with first class in 2016 from Seth GS Medical College (KEM hospital). She cracked the PG medical entrance exams in 2018 and got admission in the same college for MD (pathology).

“Before admission in MD, I faced the same problem of 86% disability. The forms were to be applied online and I had only two days. Kirit Somaiya, then an MP, met the Union health minister with my documents and I learnt that the upper limit for disabled for admission was changed. I applied and got admission,” Roshan said.

During her second year in MD, Roshan was diagnosed with bone tumour. “I was operated on and during this time our HoD, Dr Amita Joshi, my batchmates, teachers and friends helped me a lot,” she said. In the MD results, declared on Wednesday, she secured 4th rank in the KEM pathology department with 65% marks.

She said she has a two-year bond service for MBBS and MD and will complete it first. “After this, if there is vacancy in any government hospital, I will apply. My plan is to start a laboratory and diagnostic centre in a rural area where people at present travel long distances for medical tests. If I get financial help, I will start it or will wait till I am financially equipped to start a laboratory. My centre will have concessional testing and free testing for the poor,” added Roshan.

Roshan, third among four siblings, stays in a 10x10 rented chawl in Jogeshwari. Her father, Jawwad Shaikh, has retired and her brother Abu Talib, a salesman, shoulders the family’s responsibilities. During treatment, her brother in-law Tabrez Shaikh, acted as a pillar of the family. Roshan said orthopedic surgeon Dr Sanjay Kantharia, who operated on her, helped her like she was his daughter. Senior lawyer V P Patil had taken up her case for free and MLA Ameen Patel financed her medical education.

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