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Indian paralyzed man crowned bodybuilding champion

Xinhua, April 20, 2015 Adjust font size:

Indian Anand Arnold overcame paralysis from cancer to become bodybuilding champion and Mr India three times.

Arnold was 15 when he was paralysed by cancer. Now the 28-year-old has shared how he overcome his disability to become a bodybuilding champion.

Arnold always knew he wanted to be a bodybuilder. At the age of 13 he won his first bodybuilding trophy.

However two years later, when he was just 15, Arnold was diagnosed with cancer in his lower spinal cord, and was left paralysed and bed bound for three years.

"After the operation, my chest was paralysed. I could just move my hands and nothing else," he said in an interview with Metro last week. "Those three years were like hell for me."

With a lot of hard work and support from his family he returned to bodybuilding. "As soon I started winning competitions again, (my family) were also happy," he said.

Arnold was crowned Mr India three times, Mr Punjab 12 times, and has won 27 other titles. He is also the face of Muscle Mania and a brand ambassador for a nutrition supplement company.

Arnold's motto is "make your weakness your strength". He says he hopes to make a movie about his life in a bid to inspire others. "It will give people like me a new ray of hope," he said. Endi