It was in the winter of 1999 when Parul Kumar, then 34, was enjoying a drive with her family on the Delhi-Mathura highway. It’s then that their Maruti 800 collided with a truck coming from the wrong side of the road. The truck crushed the front portion of Parul’s car, leaving all on board unconscious-with grievous injuries.
The accident left the whole family shattered. Parul’s right femur bone was crushed to pieces. Her husband’s shoulder bone, ribs, and fingers were fractured, while her daughter’s right thigh bone and calf bones were broken into pieces. Today, Parul is a successful blogger who runs coaching classes and an art centre independently. Living in Bangalore, Parul also runs a full-time health-weight loss programme. In just 10 years, Parul has trained over 200 children at the art centre which she runs from her home.
“It was probably the maximum pain I could have endured. I had forty staples inserted from my hip to knee. A rod was placed there after two major surgeries. I couldn’t move an inch, not even turn on one side and was bedridden for a year,” Parul told The Times Of India.
“I was totally depressed, lying in bed, unable to move, dependent on my family for even a glass of water. Though I could sit after a few months, I still wasn’t able to turn around. I’d hold a big mirror and stare at the trees outside the window. All I had around me were the ceiling, blank walls and the fan,” Parul added.
Though she always loved to paint, Parul never took it seriously. But while she was confined to bed for months together, it all came back. “I began reading books on nutrition and drawing and soon had children from the neighbourhood sitting on my bed while I taught them how to paint. I desperately wished to come out of this painful journey,” stated Parul.