Banu is a beautiful 4-year-old boy.
He has Down’s Syndrome, is visually impaired and lives in a shelter** for abandoned children with disabilities. Because he is poor and has special needs, he almost died. Banu developed a cough and fever that got real serious, real fast! The staff at the shelter didn’t notice how sick he was getting until one morning he didn’t wake up. Quickly, they took him to our nearby clinic where he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and in respiratory distress. Our staff stabilized him and then moved him to a private hospital where he was put on a ventilator and placed in ICU.
The doctor didn’t want to treat him.
Banu’s mom lives in a slum community. She scrapes by from day to day. When she got to the hospital the doctor advised her to take her son home. In the doctor’s words, “Your son is not ‘normal’ and he is not worth investing in.”
But our team stood beside her!
They made sure she knew she was not alone, emotionally or financially. Our team would make sure her little one got the treatment he needed. They reminded her of how precious and perfect her little boy was and that this illness was 100% treatable.
Banu can sing!
Mom needed a fresh perspective on her child’s condition. She learned that Down’s Syndrome isn’t anyone’s fault. Her son’s special needs were not a result of her actions or her husband’s, who committed suicide when Banu was born. She remained by her little boy’s side until he made a full recovery in just one week. Turns out, Banu has a beautiful voice and loves his momma dearly!
While back at her manual job, looking after her other children daily, Mom now sees Banu as a gift to be treasured. She visits the shelter more often, where she finds her little guy learning, playing, and singing. He’s a happy boy, loved and cherished by his momma.
This is why healthcare that heals matters.
**This community shelter is not associated with DFN.