"If she tries to run like other kids or put any strain on her feet, she ends up crying all night long from the pain." - Mohammed Shamun, Father
'People like us who struggle to survive cannot afford to be crippled'Misba was born with a defect in her spinal cord which is weakening her leg muscles and causing deformities in her feet. Mohammed recalls that she had a lump on her spine at birth and after surgery at 5 months, the doctor told him that she would grow up with a deformity.
"Everyone is so proud when their baby walks for the first time. Misba was one and half years old when she walked. She would keep falling. One of her feet had turned inwards. I could only hear people calling her names as she grew up." - Mohammed
Her school bag is often filled with diapersOne of the complications of Misba's ailment is that she doesn’t have control over the flow of urine. She wets the bed, her clothes and always has to carry diapers to school. Mohammed says that initially when this complication surfaced it was quite embarrassing for Misba. Over time, she got used to it.
"Now she is growing up. She understands it is not normal. She is scared that people will stare, comment, and hurt her. The pain is getting worse. It is getting even more difficult for her to walk. She asks if I can fix it."
You can help him be his daughter's heroMohammed works as a weighing scale mechanic making ten thousand rupees in a month. He has done everything to get help for his daughter and already spent close to 2 lakh rupees on Misba's treatment. He adds that it is difficult to save money after attending to the needs of all the members in his large family that includes his mother, 2 siblings, wife and 3 children.
"Diapers are so costly. If we use a cloth she gets infection and allergy. End of the month, we have no money for food, leave alone a surgery."
Misba requires a corrective surgery on both her feet and the cost is estimated at Rs.1,20,000. The condition is progressive. This means it will get worse. As she grows, her legs will not be able to support her. She will be confined to her bed at which point the damage will be irreversible.
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