Inspirational armless man uses his feet as hands


AN inspiring man who lost his arms in a tragic accident uses his nose and feet to play tennis, swim and even drive.

Vikram Agnihotri, 45, from Indore, India, lost his arms aged seven when he accidentally touched a high voltage wire.

Since then he has not let his disability limit his life and has learned to use his feet, nose and shoulders to do everyday tasks.

Active Vikram goes to the gym every morning, plays tennis using his shoulders and goes swimming every day.

He said: “All my friends are interested in sports. I too wanted to join them. Though it was very difficult it was not impossible.”

Vikram learned to do basic tasks such as shave with his feet and operate his phone with his nose and shorty after pushed himself to start playing tennis and swimming with his friends.

He said: “There are many things that I cannot do, but if I focus on the things that I can, they are much more. Why would I focus on things that I can’t do?”

Vikram was an active child before the accident and he refused to let the tragedy hold him back. 

He said: “It was an embarrassment for me in the initial stage but then I took it as a gift. My friends never made me feel bad.

“Once you accept the circumstances and once you accept yourself, you feel that everything becomes very small.

“I learned new things in my life after the accident. I learned swimming, which gave me a purpose in life. I was doing all the activities like any other child."

Vikram has baffled everyone on the road with his driving skills. His unusual technique involves driving the car with his feet. 

He said: "I always wanted to drive like a normal person. Initially, I struggled a lot but now I am driving a car like the normal people.

“Luckily I have good friends and they always encourage me. I owe them a lot. They encouraged me to take my disability as an advantage to do something extraordinary.”

With that encouragement, Vikram set up an NGO called Winners In Life (WIL) that runs motivational training programmes and lectures for disabled people. 

He said: “I have been running this NGO for last three years and I feel I am doing what I was meant to do. It’s giving me a lot of satisfaction.”