Ananth Rao from Mysuru started performing gymnastics at the age of 9. He represented Mysuru at the district level and Karnataka at national-level competitions.
He is a winner of 3 silver and 2 bronze medals at South Asian Level competitions besides several other medals.
However, on October 12, 2010, he suffered a tragic injury at a state-level gymnastic event. While performing a somersault, he landed awkwardly on his head which damaged his spinal cord badly and left him completely paralysed below the hip.
Several hospital visits and a stem plantation therapy later, he is on the slow, hard road to recovery.
With a daily cost of Rs.3000, his treatment expenses are estimated to go up to Rs.2.5 lakhs.
â€śHe couldnâ€™t even sit before, but now he can sit in the wheelchair for 4 hours. I can see improvement in his condition. If he is provided with proper Ayurvedic treatment, he can even start to walk,â€ť says his wife Chandraprabha.
A crowdfunding campaign has been started on Milaap to get him back on his feet. If you wish to help, please click here.
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