By Muslim Mirror Staff
Mumbai : Roshan Jawwad Shaikh, a resident of Jogeshwari Mumbai lost both her legs in a train accident thirteen years ago, at that time she believed her life had come to a halt and her childhood dream of becoming a doctor would stay unfulfilled.
But the brave girl has proved her mettle by finishing MD in pathology against all odds, including a court battle and a bone tumour, and prove that disability can’t stop her.
In fact, despite the bureaucracy’s strict restrictions, the struggle simply increased her drive to study for the coveted degree. “I am overjoyed that I passed MD. It’s been tough, but I promised myself I wouldn’t give up,” said Roshan, TOI quoted.
Roshan and her classmates were riding the train from Andheri to Jogeshwari in October 2008 when she fell into the tracks and her legs were crushed beneath the moving train.
At the ankle and thigh, her lower limbs were amputated. Roshan was heading home after writing her college test at Bandra’s Anjuman-i-Islam Girls College, where she had scored 92.2 percent in Class X in 2008.
The journey of a vegetable vendor to become a doctor was another challenge. Strict laws made it even difficult for her to pursue her dreams.
Even after passing the entrance exam, she had to apply to the Bombay high court for admission to MBBS. As there is a law, only persons with “up to 70 percent handicap” were allowed to study medicine, but she was assessed to be 86 percent handicapped after the accident.
During the legal battle for admittance, she had to go to court multiple times, despite the family’s financial difficulties. Justice Mohit Shah, the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court at the time, allowed Roshan to take admission. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.
Roshan graduated from Seth GS Medical College in 2016 with a first-class MBBS (KEM hospital). In 2018, she aced the PG medical entrance examinations and was accepted into the same MD programme (pathology).
During her second year in MD, Roshan was diagnosed with bone tumour. “I was operated on and during this time our HoD, Dr Amita Joshi, my batchmates, teachers and friends helped me a lot,” she said. In the MD results, declared on Wednesday, she secured 4th rank in the KEM pathology department with 65% marks, TOI quoted.
Roshan lives in a small rented chawl in Jogeshwari, the third of four siblings. Her father, Jawwad Shaikh, is retired, and her brother, Abu Talib, a salesman, is the only earning member of the family.
In her journey to become successful, her doctor, an orthopedic surgeon Dr Sanjay Kantharia also acted as a support, helped her like his own daughter.
Along with this, senior lawyer V P Patil had taken up her case for free and MLA Ameen Patel financed her medical education.