I’ve been pole dancing, now I’m a competitive bodybuilder and I’ve never heard of one who gets hurt and dies.”
As one of New York’s premier pole dancers and fitness leaders, she says she gets her message out to anyone who might be interested, or that has any doubts.
“Don’t feel comfortable making the decision to stop dancing, or it’ll become something you regret and never do again,” she says. “It’s a beautiful thing.”
On Jan. 19, 2011, the world was shocked by the story of a 16-year-old girl, who was found alive under the ruins of a house, and whose story ended with her body lying on the sidewalk as if she had been kicked out of it.
The incident in the neighborhood of South Delhi was captured on video. The girl, Sunanda Pushkar, was taken to a nearby hospital and survived. But when she was treated at the hospital’s trauma ward, it was discovered that she had suffered serious head injuries. Doctors declared her brain dead.
Sunanda’s father, Sandeep (name changed), said his daughter was lying unconscious under the ruins of the house when Indian police found her. “We got a call that our daughter was out on the road in South Delhi’s South Colony area, and she had been taken to the hospital for treatment when she died,” he said in a letter to a family friend. A few days later he found out that his daughter was now in the National Institute of Forensic Science’s (NIFS) department.
Doctors there announced that Sunanda was brain dead and brain damaged. “She was in acute brain shock,” Dr. Jai Jain, head of the NIFS, said at the time. “The skull fracture, or a break-up of the skull, is called a skull fracture. A skull fracture has a devastating impact on the brain, and also requires surgical intervention.”
But the girl’s father insisted that he hadn’t pushed her out of the building. “Our daughter was lying in the street of South Colony, when a few persons came and took her out of there,” he wrote in his letter. “My wife and daughter have been very disappointed that we got so much news about Sunanda’s passing away, without any explanation.”
His daughter’s body was cremated that day in a small cemetery in South Delhi. Two days later, her mother wrote in an open letter to the New York Times, “When has India