- Anushka Panda topped CBSE class 10 exam in differently-abled category
- Student in Gurgaon's Suncity School, she scored 97.8 per cent overall
- Anushka, 14, suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder
Anushka was provided a special bench by the school. The 14-year-old girl suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that diminishes her physical strength and affects her motor nerve cells in the spinal cord. The disorder also affects mobility. As a result, she is wheelchair bound and needs to take frequent breaks.
Despite her disability, her father Anup Panda says, she never wanted to be treated special. "She has to wear a spinal brace which makes it difficult for her to sit for long hours," her father, told news agency Press Trust of India.
Anushka, also a trained classical singer, aspires to become a software engineer. "I can't walk and had to take breaks frequently, which is not good. But then I studied harder to overcome that," Anushka told news agency IANS. "The disability always tried to hamper my performance, but I didn't let it do so. It was going to but I didn't allow it," she said.
With inputs from agencies
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