I am Haroon Ansari. 74-year-old and dying! Two weeks earlier, while I was sitting and talking with my wife, she suddenly had to rush me to the hospital when I stopped speaking mid-way. I was clutching my chest in pain and was struggling to breathe. Upon reaching the hospital, the doctor immediately rushed me for angiography and I was diagnosed with coronary artery disease.
As it stands, I require to undergo an urgent bypass surgery if I want to live. And I do want to live. I know I won’t be able to survive, however. Not because I am old and have heart problem, but because I am old and poor.
All my adult life, I worked in a factory dyeing machines. Whatever little I earned there, I spent it all on my three daughters’ education and marriage. Now they all are happily settled in life and I wish all the happiness to them.
My kids are happy, but their parents are still struggling
The factory closed down in the year 2012. Subsequently, my already fraught life took a turn for worse.To make ends meet, I started working in a local shop nearby my home. I used to earn Rs 4000 per month, until eventually my body gave up on me. I am finding it difficult to walk now, how do I then manage to earn? I haven’t earned a single rupee in past two months.
My wife and me are all alone now. We have no one to look after us, emotionally or financially. I am scared for her now. What will happen if I die tomorrow? How will she survive?
I always hoped that since my younger years will filled with poverty and difficulties, I would at least get to retire at peace once I am old. But luck was having none of it. In an age when I should be praying and resting, me and my wife spend most of our time crying over our situation and begging people for help.
The estimated cost of the surgery is 2.5 lakhs. The Hamdulay Heart Foundation has come forward to contribute Rs.25, 000. I still need to arrange 2.25 lakhs. At present, I don’t even have money to buy milk for my house. I don’t know how I will ever manage to arrange for such a huge amount!
While friends and relatives have given up on this 74-year-old, strangers are our only hope now. I am worried and in immense pain. I don’t want to die and leave my wife behind to face the wrath of poverty alone. Please help me get out of this situation and live. If not for me, then for my wife’s sake.
How can you help?
With no income, Haroon is unable to arrange for funds and needs your help. Each contribution will come a long way in helping this husband and father.