The amputated 4 limbs will survive because of the upbringing

Pratibha Hilim, who had 4 limbs amputated after receiving a severe form of dengue fever, considered leaving this world. This Indian teacher has regained a zest for life through teaching and a desire to help students who are far from school.

Author: Glenda Kwek

When her gangrene deprived her of her hands and feet three years ago, a plan to return to her students allowed Pratibhe Hilim, an Indian teacher, to overcome this terrible test. At the age of 51 with a chalk or pencil hanging on his hand, he now tutors young children in the remote village of Karhe, east of Mumbai, where educational opportunities are minimal. “I have always loved children and if I just sat there and did nothing, I would be in another world now, thinking about what had happened to me.“, He will be confidentAFP.

Find the meaning of your life

In 2019, Ms. Hilim received a severe form of dengue fever, which was exacerbated by gangrene, which required amputation of the right hand. A few weeks later, surgeons are forced to amputate his left arm. Then both feet below the knees. “When my first hand was amputated, I was desperate not to be able to do anything in the future. I fell into depression. I haven’t talked to anyone in eight daysHe says. But encouraged by her family during her recovery, Ms. Hilim finds the meaning of her life by returning to learn.

Homeschooling during a pandemic

She worked at a local elementary school for three decades. In 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic closes all schools, it will start giving home hours to students whose parents are not rich enough to offer distance education to their children. The schools reopened a few months ago, but 40 children from the village continue to attend class. “My kids love to learnsays Eknath Laxman Harvate, a farmer whose daughter regularly attends Mrs. Hilim’s classes. “He doesn’t have enough money to pay for his education. He says he wants a better future for his own children. “We will educate her whenever he wants“He’s claiming his daughter.”I would very much like to continue my studies. I’m sad that I had to stop and go to the fields due to problems at home“.

The power of determination

Like most of her students, Pratibha Hilim is Adivasi, a general term for members of the indigenous tribes in India. The Adivas are victims of deep discrimination, and the fact that they generally live in isolated areas leaves them on the brink of India’s economic boom. In Karha, many families are forced to withdraw their children from school to force them to work. “Once they know how to read and write, it is considered sufficient and the children are ready to go to the field.Regrets Ms. Hilim The teacher is trying to push the children to continue learning so that they can one day choose their own destiny.

She is currently waiting for prostheses and says that her own struggle to continue her profession proves the power of determination. “I thought I was nothing without my limbs, but then I made a firm decisionsays Mrs. Hilim. I decided I could do anything and I would do anything“.

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