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Last Updated Friday July 28 2017 08:28 PM IST

A girl who brushed aside handicap with guts and gumption

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Kochi: Jilumol Marriot was born without hands, but she never asks for the sympathy of anyone. All that she wants is support and compassion from her fellow beings.

Definitely, this cheerful and friendly girl has something in her that makes her one with a steely resolve.

While traveling by bus, she always makes sure she gets a seat. Not that she believes it is her right, but she is scared of losing her balance and falling off!

Daughter of Nellanikkadu Thomas Varkey and the late Annakkutty of Karimannoor in Thodupuzha, Jilumol’s handicap has developed her into a strong individual, who loves to live independently by pursuing her penchant for drawing.

She was brought up at the Mercy Nursing Home in Chethipuzha near Changanassery as her mother died after fighting blood cancer when she was just four.

She is indebted to the nuns at the care center for spotting and encouraging her talents. She explored her artistic potential with the color pencils gifted by the sisters.

After completing SSLC and Plus Two with flying colors, Jilumol did her degree in animation and graphic design. Many were skeptical about her decision to choose a course that required high levels of manual dexterity, but she silenced them by drawing beautiful portrayals on the computer with her feet. In fact, the images drawn by her were far better than many of the hand-drawn sketches by other students.

Jilumol was a quick learner as she easily picked up the advanced computer graphics and animation technology. When she completed the course with distinction in 2012, she was desperate to earn and stand on her own feet.

Fortunately, Viani Printings, a leading service provider of desktop publishing based in Kochi, offered her a graphic designer’s job.

Currently, she heads the magazine/brochure layout and designing section at Viani. With her toes, she can deftly handle smartphones and other modern gadgets useful for her profession.

Jilumol, who travels by bus between her workplace and the ladies hostel in the city, has proved that she is equally capable of doing things as any other normal person. She eats food by herself - using just her feet, and every weekend, she would travel to Thodupuzha to visit her family.

Her elder sister Anu works as a nurse in Delhi while younger sister Delna is a Plus Two student.

It was Jilumol who rushed her father to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital when he suffered a cardiac arrest a few months ago.

As a kid, she had experienced isolation and exclusion, but once she accepted the situation, her mind stopped focusing on what she could not do.

“This acceptance made me more determined to strive, to win against all odds. I don’t let my handicap stop me from enjoying life,” Jilumol has an air of confidence when she says this.

Those interested to know more about this brave girl can reach her over 7012331964.

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