Ramana is disabled with Cerebral Palsy. He joined Lebenshilfe when he was about 8 years old. He had severe motor disabilities and was lying on the floor in scissors position all the time. His inability to sit, walk, talk, eat, making expressions, attending daily-living activities etc. needed a full-time personal attendant.
His parents were refusing even to take him home during holidays. It is in this situation Mrs. Mary Gale from IASE, USA
came forward to support him and arrange a surgery by Dr. B. Kailasa Rao, an Orthopedic Surgeon which indeed helped him to obtain all the skills necessary for motor development. Later she adopted him extending her support to meet all needs necessary for his training and overall development.
Two hundred school children from various schools of the city of Visakhapatnam participated in that competition, out of which about one hundred are intellectually challenged. Drawing the attention of one and all Ramana could win a special prize on that day. News was published in The Hindu, a largely circulated newspaper in India.
Today Ladi Ramana is able to walk and even do yoga. Ramana participated in a painting competition titled ‘Taare
Zameen Par’ which was held on 14th November 2013, during the children’s day celebrations (birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India) organized by Roundtable India (RTI).