THIS WAS A GREAT PROJECT
If you heard my story without knowing me, you might think that my life has been a series of tragedies. From infancy, I’ve undergone a series of surgeries and treatments to heal my ailing body. I had barely entered the world before I was diagnosed with hyperlipidemia at just six months old. As a child of 10, doctors discovered a leak in my aortic valve. They tried to put off replacing the valve as long as they could, but eventually they could no longer hold off. I had not completely healed from the first surgery when some blockages were discovered in my heart.
A bypass surgery was required to save my life. Not long after that, I began to suffer intense pain in my hips. Doctors realised the immense pain in my hips was a result of avascular necrosis, caused by my old childhood friend, hyperlipidemia. I faithfully underwent stem cell therapy, but I eventually required a double hip replacement in order to be able to walk again. It’s been a long, hard path I walk each day towards recovery, and I haven’t always had the use of my legs to take me further and further. Though many days, full health seems miles away from me and possibly unattainable, it doesn’t mean my time on Earth has to be miserable.
At a young age, Rishabh Puri had several major surgeries, but he was determined to brave the odds. He channeled all his experiences, hopes and joys into a book, Inside the Heart of Hope, which will help others in a similar situation. Today, he is an author and entrepreneur. Recently, he spoke with the media on how hope saved his life. This is captured in The Guardian.