- Shalini Saraswathi got a viral infection after a visit abroad
- It soon led to amputations of her arms and legs
- She has shared how she overcame this difficult period of her life
An Indian woman who lost her arms and legs because of a viral infection has shared her inspiring journey of recovery.
Shalini Saraswathi was 32 years old when she returned from a vacation in Cambodia and picked up a fever.
It escalated and within months, her limbs had either auto-amputated or had to be amputated. Naturally, this was a difficult period in her life.
She said: "I raged. I was angry and hurt and upset. Why did this happen to me? What had I done wrong? I thought it was karma, but I couldn’t think of anything I had done *this* wrong. But finally, I decided it was time to move on."
With the help of prosthetic legs, she picked up running. At first it was to keep fit but it eventually became her motivation to overcome the loss of her limbs.
She wrote: "When I run, I feel like I win over my body. I can look back at Destiny and swear at how wrong it was about me. It didn’t win. I still get to call the shots. My life, my decisions, my dreams; limbs or no limbs."
What an inspiration she is! Readers also praised her for her positivity. See some of their reactions below.