Medical School Tells Student She's 'Too Disabled'
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 3, 2006
SAMBALPUR, INDIA--Even though she scored highest in her category in her college entrance exams, a prospective medical student has been refused admission to a medical school that says her physical disability is too severe for her to attend.
The Times of India reported Wednesday that VSS Medical College denied admission to Susmita Haro, 18, because its doctors determined that she has an "87 percent disability".
The Supreme Court ruled recently that people with physical disabilities could only be admitted to a medical college if their disabilities are less than 70 percent.
Susmita is reportedly looking at her legal options, noting that the chief district medical officer in her hometown had examined her just two months ago and determined that she only had a "65 percent" disability at that time.
"Now I have to fight a legal battle against the opinions of doctors," she said. "I don't know how many years it will take and whether I will be able to become a doctor or not."
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