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A woman who walks on2011-01-05 14:49
Mary Leontievna Bushuyeva is not just a heroic woman. As a rule, this title is given to those who have performed a feat at a definite moment of time. As for her, she performs feats daily. The heroine of our essay lost her leg at a young age. Then she started to "walk", participating in the most famous Russian and foreign marathons held in Moscow, Korolev, St.Petersburg, New York and Sydney. At the same time, Mary Leontievna tries to help her fellows in misery in every way.
Mary Bushuyeva was born in Zugdidi, in a traditionally big Georgian family: besides her, the parents had five sons. They led a modest but happy life until a disaster came: a huge fire practically destroyed their house and nearly took Mary's life. In Moscow, her both legs were operated on about 40 times; about 80 donors shared their blood with her. She was unable to make a step for almost three years but the doctors managed to put her on her legs again.
Life seemed to get back onto normal track: Bushuyeva started working at a technical maintenance station in Zugdidi and got higher education at an extension department. But there was a second blow in store for her: Mary was run over by a truck. This time, doctors had to take her leg off. Many people come to pieces in a situation like this; many shrink into themselves, drowning their moral and physical pain in alcohol. Moreover, when Mary Leontievna returned to Georgia after a complicated operation, many acquaintances and strangers started treating her differently - they turned colder and stiffer; they even grew scornful.
However, Bushuyeva did not give up and started her own "crusade" against such attitude on the part of the society. Her letter to Eduard Shevardnadze came like the bolt from the blue; in it, she gave up her Party membership card in protest against the fact that her managers had been delaying her payments for several years and then suggested that she left the job. Things got settled after her appeal.
Mary Leontievna took to marathons due to a famous circus performer Valentin Dikul. When she appealed to him asking for a foreign artificial limb, Dikul advised her to go to sports, specifically, to take part in marathons, however incredible it might seem, especially that our heroine was not very much fond of PT lessons at school, not to mention 42-kilometer trips.
She joined Moscow branch of the Achilles Track Club American sports club for the disables persons. The club was founded by a legendary American Richard Traum, the first invalid who managed the famous New York marathon. Now Mary Leontievna also became kind of a legend in this organization and the head of its interregional department.