Disabled boy from Maharashtra successfully scales Mt. Kilimanjaro

Dheeraj who is differently-abled since birth does not have a hand and lost his left leg in an accident a few years ago. He is said to be the first differently-abled person from India to summit Mt Kilimanjaro

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A 21-year-old Dheeraj Kalsait, a resident of Alot tehsil, Aloka, Maharashtra has successfully scaled Mt Kilimanjaro the highest peak in South Africa

A disabled boy has beaten all odds by successfully scaling the highest peak in Africa. He reached the summit on Republic Dy and unfurled the tricolour as an achievement of the recent victory, he saluted the land of his birth.

He is an inspiration to other disabled people not only in India but also around the world. It was a week-long journey to react the peak but endured all difficulties and trumped his environment.

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‘Sheer determination, strong will power, supreme confidence and never say die attitude,’ are the only words you will utter when you read the story of Dheeraj Kalsait. A 21-year-old boy from a small town in Maharashtra has won over his disability. He is a beacon for those who are disabled, as his achievement sends out a message that ‘You cannot let your disability limit you in anyway.’

Dheeraj, was born without a left hand, as his arm ended around the place where his wrist was, to add to his misery he lost his left leg due to an accident, a few years ago. But, this didn’t stop the young boy from scaling new heights.

On January 26, on the republic day, Dheeraj summited South Africa’s tallest mountain Mt. Kilimanjaro. And once there he unfurled the Indian tricolour on the highest peak in Africa, which is at an altitude of 19,341 feet.

The Director General of Tanzania National Park has also credited Dheeraj with a certificate as well.

Dheeraj and his teammates started ascending Mt Kilimanjaro on January 23, and submitted its peak on January 26.

Dheeraj comes from an economically-backward family. His father and mother are work as farm labourers. His story is a testament to resilience as it proves that you can truly achieve anything once you resolve to put your mind, body and spirit.

Anil Wagh, an avid trekker who works with Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, was the head of the team which summited Mt Kilimanjaro.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Anil Wagh said, “It took us 7-hours to reach to summit Mt Kilimanjaro. Dheeraj, who is disabled, was also a part of our team. He took great efforts to reach to the summit. We all are very proud of him.”

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