Shabana got married when she was only 14. She lives with her husband and in laws in Rasheedabad Abadi New Karachi poor area locality. Shabana’s husband runs a small shop where he grinds the grain and earns barely enough money to feed his family.
One day while cooking Shabana tried to pull out a stick from the fire when the burning stick struck her left eye. She was badly wounded and was screaming in pain when her husband took her to small hospital due to lack of medical facility available in their area. According to Shabana the pain was unbearable but she had to bear it till the time we reached hospital.
The doctor examined her eye and gave her first aid. On her follow up visit the doctor after her examination told Shabana’s husband that she had developed cataract her eye because of injury and needs to be operated immediately which would cost them Rs. 15000 after discount. Upon hearing this both the husband & wife were dumbfounded as Shabana’s husband barely earned enough money to feed the family. They could not even imagine of affording this expense. They returned home in despair but soon they realized that Shabana was finding it difficult to perform her daily chores. Shabana’s husband was upset seeing her condition and went to his landlord begging him to lend him the money which he blatantly refused. With a heavy heart he returned home where his old mother now had to do all the household work.
One year later Shabana’s husband went to another Hospital for his cousin’s wedding where he came to know about a free eye hospital in North Karachi. At first he did not believe that the entire treatment including surgeries was provided free by the hospital. But when one of his uncles confirmed that he got his eye operated from LRBT he decided to take Shabana there. He returned home the very next day and took Shabana to LRBT North Karachi hospital. The doctors examined her thoroughly and prescribed some medicine for her swollen eye, giving her a surgery date. After 15 days, they came to LRBT North Karachi again where she was operated successfully. Both Shabana and her husband were overjoyed. Shabana said, “I’m lost for words to describe my feelings. It was very embarrassing for me to see my old mother in law do all the house hold work. Now LRBT has given me new life and I owe to serve my in laws. I will pray to Allah Almighty for the success of LRBT always and for showering His blessings upon the kind staff and donors.
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