Here's a success story of a man who overcame cerebral palsy to become a homeopathic doctor. The debilitating condition cannot deter this
31-year-old from choosing a profession of his interest.
Dr Husein Jetpurwala is the epitome of self-reliance and
goes about doing his day-to-day chores like any other person, although he
occasionally needs crutches. "But only when I am in a crowded place,"
he chirps with a smile.
Having undergone 18 corrective surgeries over the years,
Husein moves around the city on his own. He travels from his home to his
college, 50 km away, alone in a Mumbai local train.
Appreciating his mother for constantly looking after him and
also teaching him to be self-reliant, Husein said if not for her, he would have
never been independent. "From admitting me to special and normal schools
and college to encouraging me to take up medicine, my mother has been a guiding
light. I can only imagine how difficult it would have been for her to deal with
this," Jetpurwala told IANS.
"Mother took care of me and always dropped me to school
when I was a child. However, she also wanted me to be independent and so
started sending me to school in a rickshaw. She made a special identity card
for me and also put Rs.100 inside the ID card cover in case I needed it,"
Narrating an incident when at the age of 13, he took off
alone to meet his grandmother and cousin, Jetpurwala said it was only later he
was told that he was not alone.
"My mother was in a fix. She did want me to travel
alone and be independent. But as a mother, she didn't have the heart to leave
me to it. So, she followed me and kept an eye at me from a distance. She even
went to the control room of the local railway station and spoke to the motormen
and requested them to halt the train a little longer as I might take a while to
alight," he said with a twinkle in his eye.
Growing up, Jetpurwala decided to take up medicine. While at
a fitness test at Mumbai's famous J.
the examiners were aghast at his determination. "They even asked me how
could someone like me even think of becoming a doctor? What if I fail?" he
He however overcame the grueling sessions with a panel of 17
doctors and they certified him to be mentally fit. "Of course, my physical
disability was very visible," he said.
Going around his college, Virar Homeopathic
that took him under its wings and taught him to be a doctor, it becomes clear
that Jetpurwala is not only special but also popular with one and all. Be it
fellow students, juniors or teachers and college staff , Jetpurwala has a
special place in the hearts of everyone, including his mentor and college
principal B.R. Mishra.
"I have never come across anyone with cerebral palsy
becoming a doctor. I have been an examiner at many examinations and have not
seen anyone even making an effort to study something as difficult and lengthy
as medicine," Mishra told IANS.
"Jetpurwala might be the first person with the
condition to become a doctor," he added.
Appreciating Jetpurwala for his willpower and the constant
support of his parents, Mishra emphasized that he never felt Husein was
different or needed any special attention.
"Except for Jetpurwala taking a writer during written
exams, we have done nothing special for him. He has had no concessions owing to
his condition. He didn't need them. He has a keen sense of observation, strong
grasp and sharp understanding. His immense tolerance is just commendable,"
"He asks intelligent questions and has never once asked
me for any special favor citing his condition. I am sure he will be an
excellent doctor," he added.
Born premature, Jetpurwala had turned blue while being
shifted to another hospital with incubator facilities much needed by him soon
after his birth. "This affected his brain and my son was hit with
palsy," said his mother Fatema, who is also a homoeopathic doctor.
"My husband Ismail has been a constant support, a
strong shoulder to lean on while I studied medicine from this very same
college," said Fatema, who is also a lecturer there, apart from practicing.
Jetpurwala, who has been married for over a year now, plans
to study further. "I will either take up an MBA in hospital management or
an MD in homoeopathy," he said.