The relentless effort by the father to get her back to "normal" making her sit, her back to the wall with two pillows on either side for support - at the age of four years! And as the years passed she improved but very slowly. She started walking only with someone at her side, which was to be a lifelong necessary precaution, as her balancing function was far from working optimally.
She attended the Savera Special School (opp New Excelsior Cinema) for children with special needs for almost three decades.
After her parents passed away her brother was her sole caretaker who quit his job as a copywriter to be able to take care of Ruqaiyah full time.
But the loss of income has made there life really difficult as he takes her for her out for an outing throughout south Bombay in her wheelchair pushing it himself which is physically draining him since both are aged. Shakir bhai is 59 and Ruqaiyah bai is about 69 years of age.
Shakir bhai is her sole caregiver. They used to have a two-wheeler before but it has also broken down and funds for its repairs or replacement are not something he can afford with costs for her medical needs and diapers are continuously making it difficult for him to manage their lives.
a few years back livemint even published an article about them. Here’s a link to the same https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/TIoEvzuPhNjv2hOC6lAYBM/The-ride-back-home.html
please do all you can to help them who have been struggling in old age.