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The Story of Insha Bashir – Kashmir’s first female wheelchair basketball player – and her fight to get back up, even after the worst loss of her life

Insha Bashir was born in the Budgam District of Beerwah in Kashmir. Growing up, Insha loved studying and playing cricket with her siblings. Life was good, glowing with a renewed mirth. But, fate had other plans for her. When she was 15, she met with a gruesome accident – a foul play of fate. She had already been diagnosed with gastric ulcers and suffered oral bleeding. Feeling light-headed and weak from the same, she came back home and went to her house’s balcony, feeling nauseous and dizzy. Vomiting blood, she lost her balance and fell from the balcony, resulting in a severe spinal injury.

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