Mantasha is 14 years old. Although her mother was only a teenager on the night of the Bhopal gas disaster, the toxic vapours she inhaled that night would change her life forever. When, years later, the doctor placed Mantasha in her arms, she saw her baby’s head was small and undeveloped and one of her tiny hands clawed and twisted.
As Mantasha grew she struggled to speak and her movements were limited by the twists in her limbs. Learning of the Chingari clinic, her mother began to bring her for daily treatment, including physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and special education. Since then, Mantasha has made steady progress: she is now able to grip and hold things in her hand, walks with her knees straighter than before, and has improved her overall stance, posture, and balance.
Mantasha has thrived in her special education classes. She excels in mathematics and can solve four-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division questions. She has learnt to write in both Hindi and English and has even started learning to read Hindi books.
Mantasha gets on well with the other children and with her improved mobility now loves playing basketball and bocce. Determined to be the fastest at the clinic, she also enjoys athletics and running around the Chingari premises.