Student's courage outwits disability

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Chennai, Mar 25 (UNI) It's a clear case of mind over matter and lesson in human courage and spirit.

Sixteen-year-old K Janarthanan lost his two hands and the left leg, which were amputated after an electric shock, eight years ago.

But his determination and courage did not dwindle as he sat for the tenth standard State Board Examinations today, using his mouth to steer the pen in a private school.

As a special gesture, the school management, allotted him an extra time of one hour to enable him to complete the exam.

His physical disability did not deter him from pursuing his studies as he developed the courage and mastered the art of writing by holding the pen in his mouth. He also started learning painting through this way that won him several awards at the state level and national level.

He had received the National Best Creative Child Award in 2004 and Bal Shree Award the same year from the then President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Janarthanan, a living example for those suffering from disability, has learnt to operate computers and is now mastering the art of playing keyboard.

Janarthanan attributed his success to the encouragement given by his parents.

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