A car accident in 2002 left Sana Khurshid paralyzed from the neck down. Moreover, Khurshid lost her sister in the horrible accident. It took a number of months for her to fight against infections, ventilators, tubes, and all sorts of emergency situations before she became stable.
At the time of the incident, she was a first-year medical college student. Following this incident at the Lahore-Karachi motorway, she moved to the United Kingdom to receive rehabilitation which was unfortunately not provided with little to no paramedic care available.
While on her trip to recovery, she overcame her self-doubts and inhibitions and decided to pursue a career in law. Soon she applied for her undergraduate Law degree and completed her LLB and her LLM from the University of London . With renewed hopes, she returned to Pakistan to face all odds.
It was not an easy journey for her as she has to adapt to many changes, especially due to her condition. Pakistan’s infrastructure still faces a lot of issues when it comes to providing accessibility to specially-abled individuals, whether it’s a restaurant, a building, public areas, or otherwise.
Sana Khurshid then took it to Twitter 2021 to talk about her journey, the accident, and the title of becoming Pakistan’s first specially-abled lawyer.
25th March, is the day when I am allowed to mourn for my lost self without hiding my grief behind a smile. Although the actual memories of the days that followed my accident have faded a bit, my feelings of sorrow are deeply embedded in my heart.
It doesn’t have to be 25th March for me to feel overwhelmingly sad. I am full of conflicting emotions yet they make sense for me I feel grateful but sad Lost yet at peace Vulnerable yet strong.
These emotions are a part of me and they make me into the person that I am today I am proud of who I am because I have worked really hard to not let my tragedy and circumstances define who I am.
I have shed blood, sweat, and tears to come to this point where I am seen and recognized for the person I am and not for what happened to me. I am incredibly grateful, blessed, and lucky to be surrounded by an unconditional army of love and support.
But today I just want to mourn for my lost self without any feeling of guilt or ingratitude I want to grieve for my lost dreams…my shattered hopes…. for everything I have lost. I want to remember the Sana I was…the Sana I’ll never be and say a little prayer for her. Tomorrow I’ll be fine tomorrow will be a new day.
25th March, the day when I am allowed to mourn for my lost self without hiding my grief behind a smile.
Although the actual memories of the days that followed my accident have faded a bit, my feelings of sorrow are deeply embedded in my heart
— Sana Khurshid (@sana_khurshid1) March 25, 2021
Because she spent quite an amount of time in and out of hospitals, Khurshid first-hand has experienced the troubles that the victims of disability go through in their everyday lives and how the lack of access highly affects their lives.
We hope that she succeeds in bringing positive changes to the country for its people and that one day they will finally have a fair chance at living an equal life.
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