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Proving the Doctors Wrong
Proving the doctors wrong

The month was July, the year 1966. The place—Woodlands Nursing Home, Calcutta. Looking back, I realize that at the time of my birth, knowledge about disability was rare. I was told that my mother was in labour for a lengthy 40-hour period. During the process, the umbilical cord got stuck around my neck, resulting in a lack of oxygen to my brain and a few seconds of that (known by the medical term of anoxia) eventuated in giving me a lifetime of a severe disabling condition (condition not disease!) called Cerebral Palsy. The birth was hugely traumatic, and the pediatrician in charge kept repeating to himself ‘it was a mistake I should have carried out a caesarean… lets ...

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