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Girl who lost both arms in rail accident gets 63pc in Maharashtra HSC exam

Maharashtra-HSC-examA year after she lost both arms in a railway accident, 17-year-old Monica More on Wednesday scored an impressive 63 per cent in the 12th standard (HSC) examination held in Maharashtra.

Monica, a commerce student, had appeared for the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) HSC exams held in March this year with assistance of a writer.

Amid attending calls from well wishers, Monica said, “I am very happy and thankful to Aishwarya, an 11th class student, who wrote the exam papers for me.”

Aishwarya wrote the papers at the exam centre Saraswati Vidyamandir in Ghatkopar.

Monica said she plans to pursue a degree in commerce.

Her father Ashok More said she has made her parents proud.

“She has got used to the myoelectric arms, and is able to write. However, a writer was needed as limited time was available to write the exam paper,” he said.

Monica lost both her arms in a train accident in January last year after slipping from a local train at Ghatkopar station and fell in the gap between the platform and footboard onto the tracks.

HSC examination has registered an overall pass percentage of 91.26, with girls having an edge over boys in the results announced.

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