Vikram Akhre is unlike other patients who have gotten their physical disabilities due to illness (like polio) or landmine and crash accidents. He is naturally born without foot and fingers.
Since birth, he had earned his limited mobility from an artificial feet crafted by a local cobbler. The artificial feet, which resembled elephant's hoofs, allowed him to move at least for most of his grown up years.
Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the world's leading pan-Indian organization that helps the disabled, has provided Vikram the Jaipur Foot free of charge.
He deeply appreciated the material with which Jaipur Foot is made. The Jaipur Foot is a sturdy and long-lasting artificial foot created with high impact resistance and tensile strength material.
Vikram visited the BMVSS Jaipur Center twice to get the artificial limb fitted for him. In addition to his deformed foot, he has a thumb and a small finger only on his left hand. His right hand only features two tiny fingers.
Despite his impediments, Vikram proceeded to pursue his studies. He successfully completed his Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Government Polytechnic in Nagpur.
Now working as a civil engineer, he checks and supervises the construction sites on a regular basis. Using his two fingers in his left arm, he has been able to draw up plans for creating building plans and designing architecture.
BMVSS helps people like Vikram get back their mobility and dignity. BMVSS provides prosthetics or artificial limbs, calipers and other physical aids and appliances, free of charge, to as many disabled people as possible through its centers and rehabilitation camps, both in India and abroad.