I hate sad stories and that of Khadija Khatoon Khadija is one of such freak of nature narratives that makes one wonder HOW and WHY at the same time. Khadija who is now 21 years old of age according to reports was born without a face. The indigene of Kolkata, West Bengal, Eastern India although it is not yet confirmed by doctors is believed to be suffering from neurofibromatosis, which causes tumours to grow along the nerve. According to doctors nothing can be done.
“She was born at home but she didn’t open her eyes. She was born with thick heavy eyelids and she looked different to my other children at birth but we didn’t think anything of it until we realised she couldn’t open her eyes properly.” hermother Amina Bibi,50, said.
“When we took her to the hospital she was admitted for six months and they did lots of tests but doctors eventually told us there was nothing they could do. Because the doctors told us there was nothing they could do we never went back to them. And as Khadija got older she refused any help. Doctors told us when she was a baby that if she attempted surgery she could die, so we have lived with that fear. Now that Khadija is much older she has decided herself that she doesn’t want to have surgery. She doesn’t want to risk dying.”
“I’m made this way and I accept it graciously. I do what I can. If this is how I’m meant to be then I live with it. It’s not a matter of coping, I just live as I am”
She continued: “I don’t have any real friends but I have my family. My family is my only friend and I love them dearly. My parents are my world. I don’t talk to strangers. This is who I am and this is the life I live and I fill my days sitting and thinking, talking to my mother about life and going for walks near my home. I like drinking tea. I am happy in this life”
“If only the government would see my position and help me, I would like that”
Dr Anirban Deep Banerjee, a neurosurgeon from Apollo Hospital, Kolkata, said:
“I believe she is suffering from Neurofibromatosis but to confirm we would need to do a gene test. There’s a possibility she has a tumour inside her face which could be fatal. Right now there is no way of knowing if she has tumour inside the extra skin and if left they could kill her.”
“If she’s willing we would need to do a lot of tests to determine how successful surgery would be.”
Sad! Sad!! Sad!!!