Bengaluru, India based Dr. Rajlakshmi SJ is headed to Poland to represent the country at Miss Wheelchair World 2017. A dentist by profession, Dr. Rajlakshmi was rendered wheelchair-bound by a road accident that caused a serious spinal cord injury at the age of 21. Several surgeries were performed in vain to improve her condition.
Undeterred by her limited mobility, Dr. Rajlakshmi continued chasing her dreams, leaving no stone unturned to sculpt her own identity.
Dr. Rajlakshmi SJ is brimming with talent. She is not only a dental specialist, but also a consulting Orthodontist, a patroness by choice, a seeker of adventures, and Miss Wheelchair India 2014 pageant winner.
The 31-year-old multitalented woman from Bengaluru has been coping with her aforesaid professions by adroitly balancing several other activities including workout, hair and skin care while sticking to a strict diet at the same time.
This is quite understandable since she will be representing India at the impending Miss Wheelchair World slated to take place in Poland on October 7.
"It has been hectic, but it is worth it," she says as she preps to leave for European country next week.
Rajlakshmi has several passions, but among them, modeling is something she thoroughly enjoys and has worked hard to accomplish.
"But being in a wheelchair and getting into modeling remains a question mark," she added.
Back in 2010, Dr. Rajalakshmi SJ waged a legal battle for the rights of individuals with disabilities in education in India and won it.
Excelling in her BDS examination, Rajlakshmi was invited to Chennai to present a paper at the National Conference in 2007. Much to her chagrin, she met with an accident on her way.
"The driver had slept off. The accident left me with a spinal injury," she recalls.
The accident left her lower limbs paralyzed and Rajlakshmi strived to handle the enormity of the situation.
"It was a whole new body I had to deal with. I was a whole new person physically," she adds.
“It’s a fortune to understand & explore oneself in a superior way under extreme life situations, and I did exactly that!” she told The Better India.
While it was quite easy for her to give up at the time, the young woman opted to follow her passions, pursuing courses on fashion and psychology, but she didn't stop there. Rajlaxmi also did her MDS (Master of Dental Surgery). During this time, she found details about Miss Wheelchair India on the internet and decided to apply without wasting a lot of time. This turned out to be an excellent decision as she ended up winning the coveted Miss Wheelchair India 2014 title.
Aside from being a peer trainer for wheelchair training programs, Rajlaxmi also conducts free dental health camps at schools and has not shied away from participating in wheelchair dance and wheelchair basketball as well.
In addition to fighting legal battle for rights of disabled in a job, Rajlaxmi currently has her hands full with the expansion of her dental clinic to a second branch, running a national dental workshop, and getting ready for TEDx talks and wheelchair tennis tournament.
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