Dr. Mariya Biju- a story worth inspiring!
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi.
This quote by Lombardi fits clearly with the braveheart woman from Kerala who went through all the odds to become a doctor. They say where there is a will, there is a way and Dr. Mariya Biju proved this well. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, she completed her MBBS degree and joined her alma mater as a house surgeon on February 1. Now, this might not sound too inspiring to you, but the quicker you judge the less you know. This is her story.
Meet Dr. Mariya Biju a trailblazer from Kerala who didn’t let paralysis kill her Dreams.
Dr. Mariya Biju encountered a terrible accident just as she joined the MBBS course at Al-Azhar Medical College at Thodupuzha in 2015. On June 5, 2016, a year later joining the college, Mariya slipped from the balcony of her hostel while trying to hang the clothes to dry and fell from her second-floor balcony to the ground. The fall broke her vertebra, neck, and thigh bone. She was left paralyzed from the neck down for life.
She underwent several surgeries following four months of rehabilitation therapy and spending months in the hospital. But the major challenge came she returned to college. Being paralyzed down the neck meant that she could no longer use her fingers to write the examinations. Thus, the first thing she did was to regain sensation in her fingers and for the same underwent a series of physiotherapy sessions.
“Even though the university allowed me to write the examinations with the help of a scribe, it couldn’t be done. We would have needed another medical student to act as a scribe. So, I began reteaching myself to write,” Said Dr. Mariya Biju in an interview with The Indian Express.
Her friends were of great help, they would come by each day and repeat and teach her lessons taught earlier in the class. Dr. Mariya with the help of her friends and family eventually succeeded in writing her own examination and passed the final exam with 64 percent marks. But despite being able to gain the MBBS degree, Mariya’s dream of becoming a surgeon is still incomplete. As a surgeon, they must have needs deft and nimble fingers but Dr. Mariya however, doesn’t have one. Thus, she is trying and researching options in MD.
“Right from childhood, I wanted to be a doctor. I still remember playing doctor-patient with my sister. Deep down I love this profession. I always felt happy doing this and being around people. And today, I can’t imagine my life not being a doctor.” she added.
The 25-year-old doctor was a very good athlete in her school days and even today she is a profound player of badminton and table tennis. One additional passion Dr. Biju has is sketching. She loved to sketch but due to the accident, she can no longer sketch using her hands, thus she used technology to return to the art. Today, she gets orders for painting and sketches and her rates start from INR 1000 onwards. This way along with fulfilling her dream of being a doctor, Dr. Mariya Biju also continued her hobby and even made a living out of it!
The journey must have been tough for her yet she made sure to fight all her battles with a smile on her face and hope in her heart. Dr. Mariya Biju is a true inspiration for people out there!
Fighters never quit!
The one thing that we learn from the story of Dr. Mariya is that life isn’t fair to everyone and it may not go the way you planned it. But it can offer you so much more if you keep fighting. Maybe the ride won’t be as easy as you thought it’d be, yet isn’t it much better than anything else you never wished to be? What’s good is there going back to your old life? The one where you wished but never did.
If you abandon your dreams mid-way, no one will come to pick it up for you. Eventually, rain and wind will steer up but you have your dreams with you, finding ways to rescue yourself becomes easier. If you continue to concentrate on what’s going wrong, you’ll miss out on what’s going right.