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Big thing, small package: Diabetic girl fights all odds to reach DU

When Prabhjot Kaur walked into the Delhi University's Arts Faculty to clear admission-related doubts, volunteers were confused at seeing a diminutive girl, who looked like a ten-year-old school student.

However, volunteers were in for a surprise, after finding out that she was a 17-year-old, who had secured 92 per cent in her Class XII Board exams.

Prabhjot's short stature has never been a deterrent to her academic pursuits. Despite being 17, due to stunted growth in her bone structure, Prabhjot looks like a child who drank from the fountain of youth.

As she suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, Prabhjot suffers from growth-related abnormalities.

"In my school, everyone calls me 'little sister'. I have really good friends who have supported me throughout my life and I am thankful for them," says a beaming Prabhjot.

When asked how happy he was with Prabhjot's laurels, her father Kuldeep Saini was at a loss of words.

When Prabhjot was three, Kuldeep found out about her condition. Saini, a taxi driver by profession, never stopped rooting for his daughter and made sure she pursued her dreams.

"This was all my daughter's hard work. We knew that she would cross 80 per cent, but did not expect she would cross 90 per cent," says Kuldeep.

Prabhjot quickly dismisses her father, saying, "Without my parents I could not have succeeded. I would study and my parents would stay up at night with me to make sure that I get all the help I need."

However, it was not all smooth sailing for Prabhjot. She did not fare well in her pre-board exams and had to drop out of one exam after she was hit by a barrage of headaches, stomach pains, body shakes and vomiting; all symptoms of her condition.

Her school vice-principal, made sure she got all the help during the Board exams and stocked her exam centre with all necessary medicines, orange juice and her favourite candies.

With her hard work having paid off, Prabhjot wants to pursue BA English (Hons) from Khalsa College. "I hope I get into Khalsa. After the course I have plans to do PhD as well."
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