FIRST GIRL WITH CEREBRAL PALSY TO PARTICIPATE IN DUATHLON EVENT


A 10-year-old Nur Wadihan Wira Sudepja was inducted into Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) as the first girl with Cerebral Palsy to take part in duathlon after completing Kerian Incredible Duathlon on 26 August 2018, in Bagan Serai, Perak.The girl, fondly known as Dihan suffered a severe form of cerebral palsy and is completely bedridden. The condition renders her unable to move, talk or even feed on her own. She joined the race in a tri-cycle carrier together with her father Wira Sudepja Rabu, 43, and together, they managed to complete a 5km running leg, 32km cycling leg and another 5km running leg within 3 hour and 34 minutes. 



Wira Sudepja admitted it was tough to finish the race as Dihan and the carrier added another 40kg to the weight that he had to push during the running leg and to pull during cycling leg. The biggest challenge was to make sure Dihan was comfortable, safe and healthy enough during the whole race. During transition from running to cycling and cycling to running, her mother Nur Murni Dona Mohd Nordin, 44, and her sister Nur Wirdani,16, helped out to ensure Dihan was fit for the competition.Dihan’s journey to MBR was nothing short of miracle. She was born prematurely via an emergency caesarean procedure due to a birth complication and suffered critical condition. The doctors expected her to have a very short life, but miraculously she managed to pull through.



Early growing years were very tough due to frequent therapies, check-ups and hospitalization. About 4 years ago, after Dihan’s medical condition stabilized, the parents gradually eased her into the outdoor activities and discovered she liked movement. This marked the beginning of the whole family’s adventure into cycling and running that finally led them to Dihan’s record breaking feat.Her family hopes that each race will help to convey the message on cerebral palsy awareness, inspiring people to remain happy and healthy despite all adversities and promote the values of togetherness, openness and inclusiveness towards differently able or special needs people.