Thanks for your interest (even if it's only in passing :-)
My story began in India. Ethnically I am of
eurasian extraction from Kollam in Kerala,
but I was born, raised and educated in Bangalore.
Whilst I was completing a graduate medical degree,
my family came to live in Australia, in 1987.
After my internship, I moved to Melbourne as well and began working, first as a Hospital Medical Officer
and then as a Registrar between 1992 and 2001,
in several Victorian metropolitan hospitals,.
In March 2001, I became a quadriplegic
after sustaining a complete C5-6 spinal cord injury
in a road traffic accident.
In a quirk of fate, at the time I was working as a surgical registrar at the Austin Hospital and so I came to be
a patient on the same ward with ttwo other
spinal injury patients that I had admitted
earlier in the week of my own accident.
After a year of inpatient repair & rehabilitation,
in 2002 I came home and began the
integration of the new me with my old life.
Being a C5-6 quadriplegic, I have normal
feeling and movement up to about shoulder level.
I need assistance withpretty much all my activities.
I have a team of 6 carers that work in rotating shifts
every day to get me game fit, up to the action
and then back home again in reasonable shape.
I have a large and remarkably loving family
who along with my many trusty friends,
have formed a reliable & sturdy life raft for me
that I use every day to do everything.