In March 2011, at the age of only 5, Thusha Kamaleswaran became the youngest victim of gun crime in London. The young girl was caught in the crossfire during a gang fight in her uncle’s shop in Stockwell, in South West London.
The bullet shattered young Thusha’s spine, leaving her paralysed from the chest down, and doctors said she would never walk again. Two years later, Thusha has proven medical professionals wrong, and has made a huge amount of progress. Appearing on ITV’s Daybreak this morning along with her father, brother and doctor, Thusha said that she was excited to get back to dancing soon, as well as to travel and play with her friends.
After undergoing several operations and many hours of physiotherapy, Thusha has made remarkable progress, and is now taking steps on a treadmill whilst in a harness. It’s obviously taken a great deal of hard work, but when asked if it had been tough, Thusha answered with a confident shake of her head to say no! She currently does two hours a day of exercises and is undergoing therapy at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, including working in water. Watch Thusha’s interview on Daybreak by clicking here.
Thusha still has a long way to go in her recovery process, but there’s no doubt that this tenacious little girl will continue to work in order to get to where she wants to be.
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