On Saturday, a 27-year-old GC (gentleman cadet) named Rajshekhar was commissioned from the Indian Military Academy as Lieutenant in the Indian Army in Dehradun.
He is the same officer who was ruled out by the doctors seeing the chances of his survival. The army officer had suffered multiple organ failure after collapsing during a routine exercise.
Lieutenant Rajshekhar recalled the time and said, “I suddenly collapsed due to dehydration during the pahla kadam exercise in which cadets were required to run a distance of 10km with heavy loads on their back.” Lieutenant belongs Tamil Nadu.
Rajshekhar said, Doctors informed him that his kidney and liver had suffered 70% damage, “I was admitted at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) for 18 days and at the high dependency unit (HDU) for 22 days. The doctors clearly told my trainers that I won’t survive.”
Earlier, while doing that exercise, two cadets had lost their lives and rumours of his death were also making round the corners. Seeing his medical condition, doctor advised him to quit the course. Later, his mother and brother also gave the same advise. He said, “I was not prepared to give up. After being discharged from the hospital, I started working out in the gym for four hours daily and it paid. I not only survived, but became fit enough to complete the course in time.”
He added further, “My company commander and platoon commander gave me invaluable support while I was in hospital.”
Lieutenant who hails from Maidanbatti, a small village in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu got the best motivator award for his never-say-die attitude at the passing out parade.
The army officer learnt to deal with problems since his childhood as he lost his father in 2005, when he was only in Class 10. For the officer and his brother’s future, their mother started working.
He stated, “It was not an easy journey till this day. It was full of hardships and struggle, but I never gave up as I was determined to achieve my dream of serving my country.”
The army officer got his first posting at the world’s highest battlefield Siachen attached with the 12 Assam Rifles. Now the officer is all set to take new challenges, “It’s nothing compared to the medical conditions I fought and survived.”