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Fighting poverty & destitution, Tamil Nadu girl secures MBBS seat

Beating all odds and enduring several hardships, 18-year-old G Sahana, a destitute girl, secured admission for MBBS on Wednesday, November 18. Besides her hard work, she received help and support from actor Sivakarthikeyan. 

During Cyclone Gaja in the year 2018, Sahana’s house in Pookollai village in Peravurani was in tatters. With no electricity, no minimum amenities, Sahana, almost being on the streets, topped her school with 524/600 in the 2019 (Standard 12 board exams). She aspires to be a cardiologist.

“When the cyclone hit, we lost our hut we were living in. As we didn’t have power, I would finish my studies in school before coming home. My school teachers helped me immensely. When I topped my school in class 12, I realised that I could do well in NEET too. In NEET 2019, I studied by myself with the help of my school teachers,” The New Indian Express quoted Sahana as saying.

Her story gathered well-wishers even as she failed to get MBBS admission in 2019.

“Many people came forward to help me, thanks to my school teacher. Actor Sivakarthikeyan sponsored my NEET coaching in a private institute. I studied there for the entire year and I’ve secured admission. I would like to thank him and everyone else who helped me and my family. It wouldn’t have been possible without his help,” said Sahana.

Sahana’s father K Ganesan is a tailor, and her mother a homemaker.

Sahana, despite all the difficulties, scored 273 in NEET 2020 and bagged a seat under the 7.5% reservation for government school students provided by the state government. 

She has now taken admission in Tiruchy’s KAP Viswanatham Government Medical College. Sivakarthikeyan will be paying her medical college fees.

With the support of the Thanjavur collector, her house now has solar power, and her parents have rebuilt their house.

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