A 27-year-old GC (gentleman cadet) Rajshekhar collapsed during a routine exercise a few months back suffering from multiple organ failures. When the doctors at Indian Military Academy in Dehradun had ruled out his chances of survival, he was almost on the verge of losing his life’s dream.

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According to a report by India Times Rajshekhar recalled, “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”.
The incident left him in the hospital for a period of 40 days, with a 70% damage in his kidney and liver.
“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,” he said.

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But wanting to achieve what he always dreamt of, made him stay concrete towards his goal of getting better and didn’t quit the course. He slowly began working out and focused more on regaining his fitness.“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 said.

Rajshekhar lost his father in 2005 when he was just on class 10 and her mother raised both the brothers by taking up a tailoring job.
“My company commander and platoon commander gave me invaluable support while I was in the hospital,” Rajshekhar said according to a report by TLB Official.
“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,” he added.

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Rajshekhar got his first posting in Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield. “It’s nothing compared to the medical conditions I fought and survived,” the army officer said looking forward.
It was Rajshekhar’s will to become what he dreamt of was what took him out of his medical condition. He didn’t let anything come in between what he aimed for in life, not even himself. He is truly a great inspiration for all of us.

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