Arifa Nadeem's Story
Arifa Nadeem, 34 years of age, has been experiencing pain in her right hypochondriac area along with abdominal distention, stretch, and vomiting for the last 6 years but over the past year, her symptoms have grown much worse. After visiting many hospitals, she has been diagnosed with cholelithiasis and the doctors have advised cholecystectomy surgery to remove her gall bladder, for permanent relief.
“We cannot afford to consult a specialist so I have mostly been relying on medicines given to me by the hakeem of our village. They have not been effective; my symptoms and pain have only increased over the years. It is unbearable now. I have three small children to look after but I cannot attend to them because I have to manage the constant pain in my abdomen by laying down. This cannot keep going on.” – Arifa
Arifa has been married for 12 years and has 2 daughters and a son. Since they cannot afford a house of their own, she and her family live in a small house lent to them by Arifa’s parents-in-law. All of her children are of school-going age. Her husband, Ahmad, is a generator operator at a local engineering company and earns a salary of 20,000 PKR a month. Factoring in the costs of daily household expenses as well as the school fees of the children, this income proves insufficient most months.
Arifa cannot afford her surgery on her own and has turned to Transparent Hands for aid. Please donate now to help alleviate her pain!