It’s been nearly three months since that fateful day in November, and Nigar continues to fight for her life.
Nigar with her children - Ariyan and Ayan
In 48 hours, she was completely paralyzedNigar has Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare and dangerous disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. This spreads quickly and paralyses the whole body. Nigar’s husband, Asghar, now shuttles between Bangalore and Channapatna, taking care of the children, the small farm that they own and visiting his wife. Nigar’s younger sister, Rahat, and her mother, Gulnaaz, stay with her in the hospital.
“She started having pain in her legs on 10th November, but didn’t think much of it. Two days later, suddenly, she couldn’t move her legs at all. It was on Monday morning when her children were getting ready to go to school, that her condition deteriorated, and her entire body got paralyzed. She was then rushed to Bangalore by her husband.” – Rahat, Nigar’s sister
With medication and physiotherapy, Nigar’s condition is slowly improving. She has now slowly started moving her fingers and her neck, but she still has a long way to recover completely.
Nigar's sister, Rahat, and their mother in the hospital ward
Her children miss her every day, they're waiting for her to come homeRehaan (12), Ariyan (10) and Ayan (7) are everything to Nigar. Even now in the hospital, her eyes light up every time she hears their voice or sees their picture.
“Her children miss her terribly. They come to visit her over the weekends, and video call her over the weekdays. She can’t talk or move, but she sees them and hears them. They know something is wrong and their mumma is hurt, but they’re too young to understand why this is happening. They tell her to come back home soon. I know she’s fighting with all her might to go back to them.” – Rahat
Nigar and her husband Asghar with their youngest child