Aqsa Bibi's Story
5-year-old Aqsa Bibi was born to Tanzeel ur Rehman in the city of Kohat. He and his wife were over the moon over the birth of a beautiful baby girl. However, as Aqsa grew older, they realized that she did not respond to any of the sounds, neither did she try to utter any words as young children often do. To find out what was wrong with their baby girl, her parents took her to a doctor when she turned 2.5 years old. The doctor diagnosed her condition as bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss after running multiple tests. The ENT specialist who reviewed her reports advised a cochlear implant for her. It is a surgically implanted neuroprosthetic device that provides a modified sense of sound. This can help people with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss.
Aqsa Bibi’s father cannot afford this device from his own pocket. He is a daily wager and earns only PKR 12,000 per month. They are a total of six family members and live in a 4 marlas house passed down to them by their grandparents.
“My daughter cannot listen to us. She does not respond to anyone. I wish there was some way we could arrange for her surgery. We wish to converse with our baby girl”.- Tanzeel ur Rehman, Aqsa Bibi’s father.
On a family friend’s suggestion, her family visited the Transparent Hands office and got her case registered.
We request you to donate generously for Aqsa Bibi’s cochlear implant as this would grant her the invaluable gift of hearing.
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