Noorunnisa’s two daughters are her world. Her days used to begin with getting them ready for school, and when the bustle quietened down, she would take a moment to thank God for another wonderful day with them. Noorunnisa worked as a domestic help, and with the meagre income she earned, she did everything she could to make sure they got an education. She worked hard with only one dream – for her children to have a better life than she did.
However, Noorunnisa’s happy and content life changed when she was diagnosed with liver disease. Now, she can barely walk for long, let alone go for work. She’s 32-years-old and only 30 kgs, and her condition is only deteriorating due to her failing liver.
She needs a liver transplant at the earliest to survive, else, her daughters will lose her forever.
Despite her grave diagnosis, Noorunnisa continued to work hard
Noorunnisa was diagnosed with chronic liver disease 4 years ago, but she didn’t let it stop her. She never missed a doctor’s appointment or her medication and continued to go for work. But for the past 7 months, she hasn’t been able to work. She and her daughters now live with her mother, Mehrunnisa, owing to her deteriorating health. Her daughter’s Tahliyathunnisa (11) and Asiya (9) often ask their grandmother why their mother isn’t like she used to be.
Noorunnisa with her mother
“I tell them that she’ll back to normal in no time, but I worry. Noor tries to stay happy in front of them and never shows her pain, but I know how much she’s suffering. The other day she told me ‘ammi no matter what, my daughters' education shouldn't stop’ and I promised her. We’re all trying our best to afford her transplant and save her.” – Mehrunnisa, Noor’s mother.
Her family is struggling to afford her treatment on their meagre incomeNoorunnisa’s older brother and her mother have been supporting her treatment so far, but 28 lakhs for her liver transplant is beyond their means
. Noorunnisa feels guilty for being a burden on her aged mother, but she has no other support. Her husband works as a daily wager and stays away from the family. His minimal income isn’t enough to support her treatment. Noorunnisa wants to beat her disease and survive for her daughters, and she needs your help to do it.
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Noorunnisa hides her tears from her children, putting on a brave front for them, but she knows her condition is deteriorating with each passing day. She needs a liver transplant at the earliest to survive her failing liver. Without this, Noorunnisa won’t make it. Her daughters are waiting for her to get better and go back home, to the life they once knew.