Islam does not sit in her wheelchair waiting for a solution that might put an end to her suffering which began since her birth and has been discovered recently by her parents. In fact, she does not have a magic lantern that gives her such a solution effortlessly. However, Islam has a lot of patience and will in her pursuit of her recovery from her illness.
Islam’s Treatment or the Family’s Needs, Difficult Choices for the Mother and Father
“I Want Islam to play with her siblings.” With these words, the father sums up the long journey of treatment that Islam does not go through alone. Between persistence and the high costs of treatment that exceed the capabilities of the family, everyone takes on the challenge to face the disease with the young heroine. The father adds: “Since we left Deir ez-Zor, our burdens have increased. I spend a lot of time working to provide the expenses of my daughter’s treatment in addition to the continuation of her younger siblings’ education. But choosing between providing for the family’s needs and the hight costs of Islam’s treatment was the most difficult test for me.”
Treatment: An Urgent Need that the Family Pays for with Great Difficulty
The mother says: “We did not discover Islam’s injury early. No long after her birth, we began to notice abnormal signs in her movement. Later, she was diagnosed with symptoms of quadriplegic cerebral palsy. And here our story began!”
For 3 years, the family has run from one doctor to another in search of a glimmer of hope until physiotherapy visits have become a kind of routine for Islam, but this is the heaviest daily need that the father and the mother can bear.
The mother became proficient in many home physiotherapy exercises thanks to the experience she has gained as a result of watching such exercises,
in addition to the maternal affection, which made Islam’s recovery a dream that occupies her mind.
Islam Challenges Her Disease in Kindergarten
In her wheelchair that she received from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Islam begins her first days in the field of learning. She is now a student in an educational kindergarten waiting for volunteers to receive free physiotherapy. With the noticeable improvement in exercise performance and its impact on her daily life, the family hopes that Islam will finally overcome the disease.