“It is so difficult to take her to the hospital even for regular check-ups. During every emergency, I just keep praying that God somehow gets us through it one more time. We need to carry her up and down three floors. She cries out in pain and I just have to watch her, putting on a brave face, giving her the courage I myself don’t have.”
Munira Begum and her husband Abdul Kadir struggled all their life to get their children settled. Motivated by dreams of spending their old age in peace and happiness, they spent their lives taking care of their children. Today Munira is far from living that dream. Old and helpless, she is writhing in pain, unable to move around too much or even make it to the doctor easily.
“She once felt giddy and collapsed in the washroom late in the night, it happened while walking on the street as well. She also fractured her hip a few months back. At this age, it is far more difficult to bear pain. I feel helpless watching her this way. We went through the struggles of life together. Now, at a time when we wanted to just live peacefully and spend some time on our own, she is going through so much pain, and I can do nothing to reduce it,” Munira’s husband expresses.
Munira’s husband Abdul is a retired driver. He is close to 60 years of age, and is unable to work now.
When Munira underwent a heart surgery in 2013, everyone expected her to get better. Following a temporary relief, she started experiencing episodes of severe pain and shortness of breath at least twice a month. As time passed by, these got more and more frequent and started interrupting with her day to day activities. She presently needs help even while moving around in the house.
“One of our sons lives with us with his wife and children. He is also a driver like I used to be. He makes around Rs. 10,000 a month. In addition to his own family, he also needs to take care of her medical expenses. I feel very guilty and helpless. Sometimes I feel like we are burdening our son, but he is quite understanding and keeps telling me that it is his responsibility to do so. Our other two sons also send us money once in a while for her treatment.”
Muneera and Abdul are holding on to their dreams and hoping people will come forward to help them out in this situation. Muneera’s condition is worsening day by day and the pain is too much for her to handle at this age. She urgently needs to undergo a surgery in order to live.
A small contribution could go a very long way in saving Muneera’s life.