Aizawl: Failure, financial constraint and physical disability could not deter a hardworking 17-year-old girl from north Mizoram‘s Kolasib town from pacing towards her childhood dream. For her, hard work is the only key to success.

Almost in a stone deaf state for about seven years, her hearing impairment and failure could not stop her shining march to success.

Meet HK Lalrinawmi, a girl with hearing loss, who against all odds got a distinction in Class 10 board examinations in her second attempt.

The middle of three siblings, HK Lalrinawmi lost her hearing at the age of 10 years

Born to a farmer couple on May 20, 2004, Lalrinawmi’s family originally belonged to Vairengte, a large village on the Mizoram-Assam border, where she completed her middle school.

Her family moved to Kolasib, about 46 km south of Vairengte along National Highway-306, five years ago.

The middle of three siblings, Lalrinawmi lost her hearing at the age of 10. Since then, her hearing impairment deteriorated gradually and now she has almost hearing loss, her elder sister Ramfangzauvi told EastMojo.

Although both her ear nerves were damaged and hearing aids could not help her, the girl trained herself to read lips.

Her mother Lalpiangliani said that her daughter remained introverted even among their family members because of her physical disability.

She said that they require about Rs 7 lakh for her daughter’s treatment but it was impossible for a low-income family.

Lalrinawmi studied Classes 9 and 10 in Govt High School Kolasib but could not hear (listen) classroom teachings because of her disability.

She was not daunted by adversaries and remained steadfast in her dream.

As attending classes were just completion of formality, the hardworking girl took to self-learning at home but did not take any private or home tutor.

Lalrinawmi spends most of her time in studies and hardly goes outdoors, and she would ask her teachers and friends to teach her what she could not learn by herself, Ramfangzauvi said.

During her Class 10 preparations, she would sit for long hours with her books and sometimes learn her lessons the whole night, she said.

In the Class 10 examination, the results of which was declared by Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) on May 3, Lalrinawmi passed with distinction. This was her second attempt after her unsuccessful attempt in 2020.

This time, she secured 410 out of 500 marks and got ‘letter marks’ in four subjects — Science, English, Social Studies and Mizo (vernacular), except Mathematics.

Her aim in life is to become a doctor.

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Lalrinawmi’s success story gained more than 20,000 likes and about 1,500 comments within few hours after it was posted on a Facebook group by Kolasib-based journalist Zomuanpuia Tlau recently.

Meanwhile, Mizoram food civil supplies and consumer affairs minister K Lalrinliana, who was elected from Kolasib constituency in the last assembly polls, has announced that he would take measures for the girl’s treatment.

St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, the most reputed church-run school in the state, has also offered her free admission in the institution.

Lalpiangliani said that they are yet to make a final decision on the offer.

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