“After receiving my Motivation wheelchair I am feeling independent. Now I understand the importance of a properly fitted wheelchair. It improves my life quality."

Iqbal will never forget the day his life changed forever. He was riding his bike when he had a high impact crash with an SUV. When he woke up in hospital, he knew something wasn’t the same.

“When I revived, I was unable to feel my body below the chest. The doctor informed me that I had an injury in my spinal cord and the level of injury was T1-T2.

I was in bed for a very long period - nine years. I accepted and learned to live with disability after getting some rehabilitation. I learned transfer skills and some wheelchair mobility skills. But that was not in the proper way.”

He was given a wheelchair, but it was far too big for him and caused problems like pressure sores:

 “I was not using the wheelchair much because of its inability to fulfil my need. The armrest was very high, meaning I needed a minimum of 2-3 people for transferring. Not using the wheelchair very much meant I felt difficulty in breathing.

“I spent a huge amount in the treatment. I had to spend Rs. 5000 (approx. £56) to visit hospital.”

Iqbal was totally dependent on his family for everything and this had an impact on them all:

“My whole family suffered because of the injury. My elder son left his education due to our poor financial situation.”

When Iqbal met Motivation India, things started looking up and he realised what difference a properly-fitted wheelchair could make.

“After receiving my Motivation wheelchair I am feeling independent. Now I understand the importance of a properly fitted wheelchair. It improves my life quality. Now I can go outside regularly. Every day I take a small round of my street. Even I started visiting my parents’ house often, whereas before I would visit them once a year. I feel that I am socially included now.”

He learned more rigorous transfer and mobility skills, and how to repair and maintain his wheelchair.

“I am feeling happy. I have learned wheelchair mobility skills in details, proper transfer skills and also how to maintain and repair the wheelchair if any problem happens.

"This training is helping me in daily living activities that earlier I was not able to perform. Now I can transfer with minimum assistance.

“Now I can go outside regularly. Every day I take a small round of around my street. I started visiting my parents’ house often, whereas earlier I used to visit them once in a year. I feel that I am socially included.”

His family have felt the impact too. Iqbal’s wife can now spend more time at work and with her children, while Iqbal can help with daily tasks such as grocery shopping. His plans for the future?:

“I want to start my own business to improve our financial status. I am willing to continue my elder son’s education.”