Get-hooked December 30, 2020
Working towards right causes, Dr Nanda’s compassion has touched many lives
Dr Nanda PS, founder of ‘Pink Heart Charitable Trust’ based in Kerala reaches out to people with various diseases and does her bit to support them. Also a homeopathic doctor, Nanda is an IAS aspirant preparing for her civil service exams. A national award winner, Nanda hopes to make a positive change in lives of people around her.
25-year-old Dr Nanda PS, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy is the founder of ‘Pink Heart Charitable Trust’, an organization that helps people with kidney, liver diseases and cancer by providing financial and moral support. A homeopathic doctor, Nanda has also won the national award for her research on thyroid and menstruation. An IAS aspirant, she is currently preparing for the civil service exams. But due to these unprecedented times and need for more doctors in the field, Nanda has decided to step in and help patients in need.
Nanda claims that it is the relentless support from her doting parents and sister that helped her become successful. She was born in Trivandrum and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was hardly six months old. Her parents were determined to support her in all possible ways. So they gave her the best medical treatment. Nanda says she has underwent four surgeries by the age of five.
School was fun for little Nanda whose younger sister Namita always accompanied her. Since they were in the same school, Namita ensured that her sister was never left back. “We were like twins, wearing the same dresses too”, says Nanda adding, “My friends at school were always supportive and they are my biggest assets in life”.
Nanda always aspired to be a doctor. But she had to face discrimination from various sides in the path of pursuing her dreams. Like for instance, she was denied seat in allopathic. Citing that Nanda had a disability and was unfit to be a doctor, medical board denied her admissions. She chose homeopathy instead. “My mother is a teacher and she has always told me that there is nothing impossible for me. I know that medical field demands physical fitness, but sidelining me stating that I’am incapable for medical field sounded absurd when I clearly could do everything just like every other student”, says Nanda.
“Even as a child, people around me have only told that I can achieve whatever my heart wants to. In school no one saw me as a child with a disability. I always believe that”, says Nanda.
Moving ahead with confidence
Nanda started the ‘Pink Heart Charitable Trust’ when she was in her second year of medical college. “People started looking at me as a disabled person while in college. I was showered with sympathies from all sides and that made me so uncomfortable. Even those who tried to be my friends did that out of sheer sympathy. I couldn’t regularly attend classes since I had health issues. I felt my world was being limited. I wanted to move out of the comfort zone”, says Nanda.
By starting ‘Pink Heart’, Nanda wanted to help as many people as possible, those who were suffering from cancer and other medical issues. They raise funds and help patients from economically backward families for treatment and provides education sponsorships. They have been very active over past seven months ever since the Covid pandemic began. Nanda and her team are reaching out to as many people as possible.
Her research on thyroid and menstruation won a national award on 10 April. These are just few of her laurels and achievements. Nanda’s works have been appreciated on international platforms. With a never back down attitude, Dr Nanda is aiming for nothing lesser than the stars.
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