An Urgent Surgery Is The Only Way This 8-Year-Old Can Hear And Speak | Milaap

An Urgent Surgery Is The Only Way This 8-Year-Old Can Hear And Speak

"My 8-year-old son, Ashraful struggles to speak even the basic words like ‘ammi’ and ‘abbu’ as he is deaf. All he knows is sign language. The neighborhood kids make so much fun of him that he doesn’t even step out of the house. Now we have a chance to get him a surgery that can make him hear and speak normally, but it is out of our reach,” Sarfaraz, Ashraful’s father.

Even speech therapy could not help little Ashraful 

8-year-old Ashraful’s life so far has been a struggle. Ashraful and Saheefa sensed some problem with their child when he was not trying to speak even after turning 2. After observing more, they found that he doesn’t respond to any sound. They knew things weren't fine.

“We had no idea that teaching him sign language for 3 years will only make his speech defect worse. He got used to sign language. When he started undergoing speech therapy, he refused to speak. He would constantly try to communicate in sign languages. We want him speak like other normal kids, but I feel we are cursed. My poor son is struggling every day.”

With only 10% audibility, Ashraful will become deaf and dumb for life without surgery

Little Ashraful was born deaf due to which he has never learnt to speak. He has only 10% audibility in his left ear. His father put a hearing aid that has helped him hear only partially. He can only hear loud sounds now. He can hear his parents only if they speak very close to his ears. A cochlear implant is the only way now for him to hear. If the implant is delayed, he can be deaf and dumb for life.

“He has a teacher who helps him learn at his pace. He is a very intelligent child. He understands what is going around him. Sometimes he tries to console us in sign language. It breaks my heart to see him suffering so much. If he gets his hearing and speaking ability, I know he will do very good for himself.”

The parents have begun living an isolated life to comfort their son

Saheefa has devoted all her time to Ashraful. The little boy doesn’t want to communicate with anyone else, apart from his family. Saheefa and Sarfaraz have stopped going out. All they want is to make their child be able to hear and speak. They want a normal life for their child.

“It has been almost 5 years now that we haven’t celebrated Eid. I have promised myself that I will celebrate any festival only when my child gets the life he deserves. I would have given up if there was no hope of his betterment. But he can get better only if I can afford the surgery.”

Lack of money has already delayed Ashraful’s treatment so far

Sarfaraz makes purses in Tapsia, Kolkata. He doesn’t get work all around the year. The months in which he gets work, he manages to earn Rs 8000. He tries to save as much as possible in those months. If he runs out of money, he has to go about borrowing from his neighbors. In this situation, it is impossible for him to arrange Rs 7.7 lakhs now.

“I have already spent a few lakhs so far. My poverty has only delayed his treatment. I couldn’t get his hearing aid sooner, I couldn’t start his speech therapy sooner. My relatives stay far and I have never really been able to get help from them. It will take me ages to gather such huge amounts of money. If I fail to get money for his surgery soon, he will remain deaf and dumb for his entire life. I don’t want his life to come to a standstill.”

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8-year-old Ashraful was born deaf and dumb. Hearing aid and speech therapy haven’t made much difference to his condition. Only a cochlear implant surgery can help him speak and hear, but his father can't afford the expense.

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31st December 2019
Dear donors,
 
Md ashraful completed his treatment and he is doing well. Funds raised on this campaign are being used to settle all medical expenses incurred by the family.
 
After settlement of bills for Ashraful's treatment, we have a balance of $45.75.
 
With the consent of the family, the funds available will be used towards the treatment of other patients with urgent needs.
 
Santosh, aged 38, is suffering from recurrent PNET with bone metastatis at the earliest. A sum of $45.75 will be transferred towards the same from this campaign for the treatment to begin. Here's the link to their campaign: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/help-santosh-paswan
 
All donors of this campaign will receive periodic updates on the status of Santosh's health and treatment via emails and messages.
 
Thanks for your continued support and engagement.
 
Regards,
Team Milaap
Dear donors,
 
Md ashraful completed his treatment and he is doing well. Funds raised on this campaign are being used to settle all medical expenses incurred by the family.
 
After settlement of bills for Ashraful's treatment, we have a balance of $45.75.
 
With the consent of the family, the funds available will be used towards the treatment of other patients with urgent needs.
 
Santosh, aged 38, is suffering from recurrent PNET with bone metastatis at the earliest. A sum of $45.75 will be transferred towards the same from this campaign for the treatment to begin. Here's the link to their campaign: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/help-santosh-paswan
 
All donors of this campaign will receive periodic updates on the status of Santosh's health and treatment via emails and messages.
 
Thanks for your continued support and engagement.
 
Regards,
Team Milaap
21st September 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the support.

Ashraful has successfully undergone the cochelar implant earlier this month. Thank you all for making this possible.

Regards,
Bhaswati
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the support.

Ashraful has successfully undergone the cochelar implant earlier this month. Thank you all for making this possible.

Regards,
Bhaswati
7th September 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the support.

MD. Ashraful will be undergoing the chochler implant some time next week. Please keep him in your prayers.

Regards,
Bhaswati
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the support.

MD. Ashraful will be undergoing the chochler implant some time next week. Please keep him in your prayers.

Regards,
Bhaswati
Rs.111,912 raised

Goal: Rs.778,500

Beneficiary: MD ASHRAFUL info_outline

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GS
Gautham donated $50
Kshama
Kshama donated Rs.3,000
RUTVIJ
RUTVIJ donated $50

Bhagvaan bhala kare

Umar
Umar donated Rs.500

I pray you will be recovery soon

Aparajita
Aparajita donated Rs.1,500
NS
NAVEENA SODISETTY donated Rs.800