Nisha Gupta, born in Varanasi and brought up in Mumbai. She had been an adventurous child and was well known for her mischiefs. But one incident changed her life completely. While being tempted to pluck the mangoes from a tree. She plunged and got her spine badly injured along with a severe head injury. Her family got dumbstruck with the terror of knowing that there was no sensation in her legs. She was immediately rushed to a hospital which was almost at a driving distance of two hours. While she got her stitches done on her head, the doctor declared she will have no control over her bowel and bladder movements.
Maybe God had other plans as the complications only augmented with the weeks and the months passing by. This complete procedure took a toll on her physical as well as her mental health. Her hope of standing back on her legs became a wish when the doctors confirmed that she would be in the wheelchair for her entire life.
Her breakdown was expected. But after 4 years of living with this misery, she was recommended to Nina Foundation whose objective is to rekindle hope and optimism amongst those who have suffered a spinal cord injury.
Her Turning Point,
That one fine day when she saw a group of paraplegics and quadriplegics on wheelchairs under one roof at an awareness program, she realized she wasn’t the only one amongst all. Although she had accepted the hardships life gave her, but her zeal sheltered her dreams because she chose to fight with her reality audaciously. Dr. Ketna Mehta has been her inspiration, who showed her a new life. This helped her to experiment with her taste in different fields and build expertise in more than one. From doing a data entry job to learning tattoo designing, wheelchair dancing, para-swimming, para-badminton. She even participated in the Miss Wheelchair India 2013 contest. She is still fond of acting and modeling. She proved it takes the will to become skilled.
When Her Affirmations Turned in Accomplishments
2014 – Attained a Gold medal at State Level in Para-Swimming
2015 – Swelled with pride by winning a silver medal at National Level in Para-Swimming
– Won a Bronze medal at National Wheelchair Basketball Championship, New Delhi, India
2017 – Represented India at International Wheelchair Basketball competition, Bali, Indonesia, and won a bronze medal
2018 – Represented Maharashtra at National Wheelchair Basketball competition, Erode and won a gold medal
2019 – Was awarded a gold medal by Union Sports Minister, Shri Kiren Rijiju at the National Wheelchair Basketball competition, Mohali, India
– Participant in Pattaya IWBF (International Wheelchair Basketball Federation) Asia Oceania Championship
– Represented India at AOZ (Asia Oceania Zone) Wheelchair Basketball Championship
2020 – Represented India at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic qualifiers, Pattaya, Thailand.
“She never knew life would shatter her dreams only to reinvent herself. Her passion for sports has always uplifted her spirits to win more than yesterday. Today this independent Indian Paraplegic girl believes that one can achieve anything one dreams of.”