This five-year-old is inspired by his doctor to run
Aarav Shewale is just five years old, and he was one of the youngest runners at TGS MoveIt Marathon. He participated in the 3 km run, and was overjoyed when he crossed the finish line along with his mother Jui. A standard I student of Karnatak High School, Aarav has been running since he was three. When he was one-and-a-half-years old, he was diagnosed with bilateral profound hearing loss, which was a devastating experience for his parents. But they faced the adversity with fortitude, and Aarav underwent surgery to get cochlear implants, which brought his hearing back. But then the parents had to teach him to speak.
Dr Neelam Vaid, the doctor who performed the surgery on Aarav, is an avid runner herself, and she has also motivated Aarav to take up running.
“We are deeply indebted to Dr Neelam for encouraging our son to take up running,” said his mother Jui. Now Aarav runs thrice a week with his father Kaustubh. “Running is Aarav’s favourite way to spend time with his dad, which is their regular father-son time,” she says.
After experiencing the emotional rollercoaster owing to Aarav’s disorder, it is a joy for his parents to see how he has progressed in the last three years. Energetic and fun-loving, besides running, Aarav also loves badminton. When he crossed the finish line, he shouted, “I won! I won,” which was like music to his parents’ ears.