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15-year-old Who Wants To Treat The Poor Struggles To Recover From Nerve Tumor

 After watching doctors treat patients with kindness in her small village in West Bengal, Siddika had a clear aim from childhood. She wanted to be a doctor when she grew up, and heal people free of cost. Her parents encouraged her dream, and she put in the effort. Recently, Siddika scored 480/500 in her 10th board exams. Her parents, however, are now uncertain about her future as they wonder, “Will she even live long enough to finish college?”

'Just when it was time to step out into the world, Siddika's leg gave way'

Siddika felt shooting pain in her calf muscle. It was the first time, Kalimuddin (father), saw her vomit from the pain. He knew it was not normal, having lost almost lost all function in his right leg in a terrible accident four years ago. 

“We went to several hospitals in West Bengal and never found an answer. Finally we travelled to Bengaluru where we were told that Siddika has a nerve tumor. She needed a surgery to remove the tumor.” - Kalimuddin

An old photo of Siddika and Kalimuddin

Siddika consoles her family during these dark times

Noorjahan’s heart broke when she told her 15-year-old daughter about a tumor that could either cripple her or kill her. Surprisingly, Siddika remained strong and asked her parents to have faith in Allah. 

“She does not let the pain shake her will. She vomits constantly. Can you imagine how strong she must be to not even scream when it hurts? She only asks us if this means she cannot be a doctor. I still do not know how to answer her.” - Noorjahan

‘I want to save my daughter, but it is impossible with a disability and poverty'

Shuttling between the hospital and home with his daughter takes a toll on Kalimuddin’s health. His right leg is numb with pain even after 4 surgeries. On some days he has to beg relatives to help him. 

“They have done so much for me already by helping with my treatment. I am in a huge debt. Somehow, with a lot of difficulty I could arrange money for Siddika’s surgery last month. Now, she needs radiotherapy. I feel so helpless.” - Kalimuddin

They need all the help they can get

Kalimuddin’s family is completely dependent on friends and relatives for a place to stay and even a meal. He used to walk 6km to teach at the Madrassa every day. Now, he begs colleagues for a lift. He is the sole breadwinner for the family of five including three children.

“As a parent, you want to do everything possible for your child. My husband hides his pain, my children hide their fear, and I hide my grief. I’m afraid this struggle will kill us all without help.” - Noorjahan

Siddika can be one step closer to her dream if you help her conquer the tumor.

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The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.

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