This past week my class had been assigned a patient case to study and make sense of. The gist of the case was that a bus driver had been shot in the back and as a result, his spinal cord had been severed. Further descriptions revealed that he had lost control of his legs, leaving him as a paraplegic. Everyone came up with presentations about different aspects of paraplegia, the physiological, emotional and psychological effect such a crippling injury would have on a victim. Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, dependency were all part of the themes discussed.
But that’s not what I’m going to tell you about. I’m going to tell you about Muniba Mazari.
Muniba Mazari: Pakistan’s first wheelchair bound model and tv host.
Muniba Mazari is a writer, an artist and a singer, not to mention various other roles she’s also playing as a motivational speaker, brands ambassador and tv host. Having been in a traumatic car accident when she was 21, the video below talks about the various hardships she went through which in essence, are pretty terrifying. Muniba talks about how the car accident fractured half of her body, leaving the other half paralyzed, that it took an hour trying to find an ambulance and that when she finally did reach the hospital, it was only to be thrown out since there were no facilities available that could possibly cater to her.
When she finally did reach a hospital with the proper equipment to handle such a serious case, it was in Karachi, where she underwent various surgeries before being shifted to Islamabad and confined to her hospital bed for two years. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like, to be in such pain, physical, psychological and emotional, all of which Muniba went through and then decided that she was the only one who decided that she could feel this way, and that’s how she turned to art to help her recuperate. No wonder Muniba is on BBCs 100 Inspirational Women of 2015 series!
Here’s another really nice video I found of Muniba singing “Ye Watan Tumhara Hai”, which she sang for the APS Peshawer incident. She’s a really inspiring person and when I found out about her, I think I can do a lot of things I thought I couldn’t do before either. She talks of being caged, but the only person doing the caging is yourself 🙂
Are there any inspiring people you have come across lately? What about them inspired you? Share your views in the comments below!