December 6, 2023
Hitaxi Journey from Burn Survivor to Inspiring MSCS Grad Student
In the face of life’s deep challenges, Hitaxi stands out as a symbol of unwavering strength and an unbreakable spirit. Her journey, from a burn survivor with 72% of her body scarred to a master’s degree candidate at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, is a powerful example of how determination and strong support can bring about remarkable change.
Starting with a serious burn injury, Hitaxi faced a tough seven-month hospitalization. Hearing the discouraging news that she might never walk again, she relied on her parents for support. But Hitaxi didn’t give up. Her determination drove her back into academics, excelling in computer science and persistently seeking solutions to her challenges.
Eager to regain her independence, Hitaxi sought help from a foot and ankle specialist at OrthoArizona. Joining a research study on bilateral equinus contractures to improve the mobility of her feet, she became a crucial part of groundbreaking research. Published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, the study revealed a special technology that could assist others facing similar challenges.
Facing significant contractures, Hitaxi’s only option for correction was an external fixator, using automated robotic technology—a groundbreaking method led by the specialist at OrthoArizona, gradually realigning her feet.
Following a careful plan, the specialist guided Hitaxi through a two-month transformative process, gradually improving her condition. This technology offered hope, especially for those with complex problems and limited resources.
A turning point came when Hitaxi could stand independently after the two-month corrective procedures. This success went beyond just physical achievement; it was a testament to her unyielding spirit.
After the devices were removed, Hitaxi, once resigned to the idea that she might never walk again, now moves forward into life with a new perspective. Her journey highlights how the combination of medical innovation and unwavering determination can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Hitaxi’s strength and achievements are a source of inspiration for others facing adversity. Her story reinforces the idea that with determination and a strong support system, even the most challenging obstacles can be overcome. Additionally, it underscores the crucial role of community support for burn survivors and emphasizes the transformative impact of education and collaborative assistance.
Read more about her two-month journey here.
Read more about the medical report published here.