There are many incidents in our lives that make us happy or sad. I was
recently the victim of a snatch thief. This is one incident that I cannot
forget. It was an incident that changed my life forever.
It was a Saturday
morning, like any other weekend and I was on the way to school for extra
classes. I had to take the city bus to school. As I walked down the street from
my house I noticed that the road was very crowded. Buses, cars, taxis,
motorcyclists and pedestrians created a hustle and
bustle that would easily unnerve anyone. I kept my cool as I walked
down the pedestrian path towards the bus stop. My thoughts were however far
away, as I was preoccupied with the mid-term exam that was just
around the corner. Suddenly, like
a bolt from the blue, a motorcyclist who was
just passing beside me, tugged at my bag, which was dangling from my shoulder.
I spun around and reeled from the force of the moving vehicle. I felt a harsh
pull. Within a split second I was sprawled on the pavement. I felt numb and
everything around me became blur. I heard people shouting, but I was too dazed
to talk and too shocked to even get up. I did not remember anything after that.
When I regained consciousness. I was in the hospital and my legs and arms were
bandaged. Yet I felt no sensation or pain. I was just too weak to even move.
'What happened ?' I kept asking myself. How could this have happened to me, I
thought ? My parents, my sister and my brother were there and their grim faces
told me that things were not right. The doctor finally broke the sad news to me.
I was now paralyzed and would not be able to walk again. I was shocked and did
not know what to say. there was a lump in my throat. The tears that rolled down
from my eyes slowly wet my pillow.
I am now stronger but must learn to be more
confident of myself. I have learnt to pray and hope that I will be able to move
around in my wheelchair. It is one incident that has changed my life and I will
never be able to forget.