A poverty-stricken, helpless mother, Yasmin, expressed her daughter's plight, who suffers from a rare skin disease, and sought help from society for the same.
Hailing from Nityanand Nagar in Maharashtra, 23-year-old Afrin Shaikh suffers from Pemphigus Vulgaris, an autoimmune disorder that involves blistering and erosion of the skin and mucous membranes. The breakout began from her mouth and soon spread all over her body, making it difficult for her to even fulfill routine activities like bathing and eating.
Afrin's father runs a business in a rented shop and barely earns enough to feed his family. Moreover, their shop suffered a significant dip during the covid-19 lockdown, following which the family now struggles to choose between seeking treatment for Afrin or keeping their stomachs fed.
Afrin was the only earning member of the family, but soon after being diagnosed, she lost her job. Initially, her family managed to survive on whatever savings she had, but now they are financially handicapped. Living in a rented house, they were baffled upon knowing that Afrin's treatment will cost them at least Rs 10 lakh ( USD 13,683).
With her growing family and falling income, Afrin struggles to seek treatment and keep everyone fed. Helpless due to their current predicament, the hapless family awaits a good samaritan. They express their inability and seek financial aid from society, urging people to support Afrin during these testing times