Deepa Malik was about to make history. Seated in a custom-made chair on a hot day in Rio, Malik — paralyzed from the chest down — held a 6.5-pound shot put between her neck and right shoulder. She took a deep breath and hurled the shot 15 feet across the throwing circle. The throw got Malik a silver at the Paralympic Games in Brazil this past Monday — and made her the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics medal.
“My first thoughts were, ‘Oh my God, have I really won?’ ” says Malik, 45, via email. She developed a spinal tumor in her early 30s and has been paralyzed since. “To become the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic medal is an honor, and it is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Source : http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/09/16/494085492/whats-the-secret-to-indias-paralympics-success