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28-Year-Old Lady Who Lost Hands to Bomb as a Child Bags PhD, Her Story Inspires Many

Malvika Iyer, a 28-year-old inspiring and brilliant woman who lost both her arms to a grenade as a child bags a doctorate degree from Indian Varsity.

Malvika who is from Rajasthan in India isn’t allowing her disability to get the better of her and is slaying in every area of her life, despite the tragedy that led her to lose her hands and damage both of her legs.

At the age of 13, Malvika Iyer accidentally picked up a grenade, which blew her hands off and led to severe leg injuries, with the woman barely escaping with her life.

Women Power Africa in a LinkedIn post noted that the woman was bedridden for two years after the incident and needed to undergo several surgeries over a two-year period while enduring a tremendous amount of pain.

However, in spite of all the hardships she has encountered, the perseverant woman still managed to bag an entire doctoral degree by the age of 28 in social work from the University of Madras in India and holds a Master of Philosophy in Social Work and a Master of Social Work from the same institution.

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In a post shared on LinkedIn by Women Power Africa, it stated that;

“Dr Malvika Iyer, at age 13, she accidentally picked up a diffused grenade bomb at her home in Bikaner, Rajasthan that exploded in her hands, blew off both her hands and severely damaged her legs. 

“There was little hope for her survival when she was taken to the hospital. She was conscious but in terrible pain. Subsequent to surviving that night, she had to undergo surgeries across 2 years and was bedridden for 18 months. “

“Against all odds, at age 28, she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work from the University of Madras. She also holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Social Work from the University of Madras, a Master of Social Work (M.S.W) in Social Work from Delhi University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College.” 

“Dr Malvika Iyer’s story is one of courage and determination. She has come a long way from surviving a gruesome bomb blast at the age of 13 that blew off both her hands and severely damaged her legs, to winning the highest civilian honor from the President of India.”

“Today, she is an award-winning Disability Rights Activist and International Motivational Speaker – inspiring millions of people to forget their limitations and take on the world with confidence and hope.”

“When the bomb blew up my hands, the doctors were under a lot of pressure to save my life so they made some surgical errors while stitching back my right hand, the stump has a bone protruding out which is not covered by any flesh. But that very mistake has proven so incredible that the bone acts like my only finger. That’s how I type,” said Dr Malvika Iyer. 

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

“I have come to realize that I could be the President of India and people would still pity me. It’s in their nature. Now I concentrate on my own abilities and not people’s reactions towards me. That’s all it took to change my life

“The next time you see someone differently-abled, think about it – We are all people and we have to remember that at all times, those people didn’t choose to be born or have that disability, that is just how things go from time to time. Do not stand and stare, rather be empathetic, respectful and inclusive,” Dr. Malvika added.

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As expected, the post generated thousands of positive reactions. Below are a few:

Anish said: Dear Dr Malavika, your stories, and sharing the valuable thoughts is inspiring million of people globally and it’s a big fan now.
Your courage, powerful confidence and truly adorable your contribution towards to the community
God bless you/family abundantly with more more healthy happiness forever😊💐💎👑

Raj said: You have proved that disability is a mind set. It is appaling to see so many physically abled and mentally disabled. Hats off to your determination and an attitude to make living a good reason to be able to contribure. I pray for strength to follow in your foot steps. You are a great inspiration. Bravo!!

Deborah said: We’ll done for overcoming the obstacles you have, and congratulations Dr on your achievements.
Things happen for good reasons – God has a plan. And just look at what a determined, resilient and beautiful young lady you have become. Without those awful things that happened to you as a child you wouldn’t have been able to tell such a wonderfully inspiring story now and be able to show the world what can be achieved in the face of adversity. It has made you who you are today. Kudos to you xx

Sandip said:
Dr Malvika
Thank you for sharing your story as you will be an Inspiration to millions that live life in pity as their life had some incidents that derailed them.
I totally believe in the same thinking that’s it not over till you say it’s over.
Proud of you and may you achieve new heights in your life and career

Claude wrote: Despite your extreme challenges, You are Blessed, continue to see the Positive in everything and everyone. We appreciate your sharing your most moving story, that must have been a difficult task.  Your courage and determination are exemplary. May you continue to find meaning, continued Faith and success in all you do. continued success and Blessings

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