Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
Born: 6 July 1968
- She is an International para-athlete from India.
- She was awarded the Arjuna award and Padma Shri for her achievements.
- She was born on 6 July 1968 in Bengaluru.
- Her father ran a small hotel, while her mother took care of their four children.
- She was paralyzed by a fever when she was one year old.
- Electric shock treatment for more than two years improved her upper body strength.
- Having won over 428 medals Malathi has conferred the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards.
- She represented India in the Paralympics held in South Korea, Barcelona, Athens and Beijing; the Asian Games held in Beijing, Bangkok, South Korea, and Kuala Lumpur; World Masters held in Denmark and Australia, Commonwealth Games in Australia and Open Championships in Belgium, Kuala Lumpur and England.
- She has so far undergone 34 surgeries.
- She works as a Manager in Syndicate Bank and shelters 16 children with various disabilities at Mathru Foundation — a charitable trust formed along with her friends.
- She focuses mainly on polio victims from rural areas, whose parents cannot afford to send their child to school or provide medical treatment.
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July 6, 2020