indiatimes.com, March 8th 2017
Women have the most inexplicable ways of expressing their love for reasons they themselves do not know. Dr. Fatima Jetpurwala is one example of how a mother can dedicate her entire life to her child, love the child unconditionally, regardless of the child’s condition. She studied medicine and went on to help her child who has Spastic Cerebral Palsy to become a doctor.
Dr Jetpurwala got married at 20 under pressure from family, and was 21 when she had Husein. About 15 months after his birth, Husein was diagnosed with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. “It was a real challenge for me. I decided to pursue further education after Husein turned 5. I completed B. Ed in special education then. For him, my husband and I had to run for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, so it became quite hectic for that one year course,” she shares. She received a DHMS degree at 35 and completed MD in Homeopathy at the age of 47 in 2008.
She tells us that Husein had to be rushed to the doctors quite frequently. “This was when I came across homeopathy. I did not know much, but with more and more visits to the doctor, I decided to study homeopathy,” she continues.
“Of course since we lived in a joint family, I faced issues when I had to leave him when I would go to college full time, with someone who would not harm him when I was home,” she tells us. Dr Jetpurwala has fought her own fears, and she tells us that she had to put up a brave face and not cry when even small chores would seem like a huge task. “I never wanted any sympathy from anyone,” she clarifies.
Dr Jetpurwala considers Husein as her anchor. “We were in the middle of a financial crisis by the time he was 6 years old. Through that, he had to go through surgeries, and the pain that he went through was too much. However, he braved through it all despite every adversity we faced,” she shares.
When Husein decided to be a doctor, Dr Jetpurwala was elated. She chose to study homoeopathy to take care of her son, “And Husein has been so brave and ambitious despite everything that we went through. He once told me that he had been visiting doctors since childhood, and for once, he wanted to be on the other side of the chair,’ she tells us.
Husein became a doctor at 30 years of age and made his mother proud with a BHMS degree, and finished his MBA when he was 33 years old. “He is currently looking for work, for a post in a hospital. But unfortunately, despite a degree he has not gotten a job,” she says.
Talking about the other aspects of the taboo around physical handicap, Dr Jetpurwala says, “Not everyone wants to walk into a clinic of the doctor who is handicapped,” she shares.
Dr Jetpurwala says that it is never too late, and women should stop limiting themselves in any manner, especially in conditions like these. “You can try and do whatever you lay your hands on, as I feel all women have a midas touch in them!” she concludes.