Bashir Juma, 47, is an Afghan refugee. His parents migrated to Pakistan to escape the Afghan-Soviet War. Bashir was just a year old when he came to Pakistan and to him this is home. His father was a labourer and could hardly make ends meet to support Bashir and his other five children. School fees were impossible and Bashir grew up without any schooling. He earns his livelihood by driving a rickshaw. Bashir’s wife is also an Afghan refugee and they have six sons and three daughters.
Most days, Bashir drives his rickshaw from early morning till midnight. He has few options – its either this or see his family starve. He supports his aging parents too and bears all their medical expenses. Due to stress and overwork, Bashir recently started experiencing blurred vision in his right eye.
Gradually he noticed that his vision had started to decline and he had difficulty seeing at night. Due to the nature of his work, he worried about the possibility of an accident happening and, despite the heavy cost, went to a local eye clinic for an examination. The opthalmologist diagnosed him with a cataract and advised surgery which would cost him around Rs. 25,000/-.
For Bashir, this was a colossal amount which he simply didn’t have. So he went home and asked his parents to pray that the catarct healed of its own accord. His parents feared their son was, perhaps, going blind. They prayed day and night for a miracle.
The anwer to their prayers came in the form of a neighbour who, while visiting the family, heard about Bashir’s eye problem and told him to go to LRBT’s Hospital in Akora Khattak, where treatment for the poor is free.
Accompanied by his son, Bashir went the very next day. After a series of checkups, he was given a date for surgery. The surgery was successful and Bashir is back at work, thankful that he has another chance at living his life to the full and providing for his family. Upon leaving the hospital, he said,
“LRBT is a blessing for people like us who cannot afford to get treated at private clinics. I am most thankful to everyone who cared for me and to all those who keep this hospital going.”
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