Shameema, 20, paralysed by bullets, hopeful of recovery

Shameema, 20, paralysed by bullets, hopeful of recovery

On July 9, she was shot at near her home in Bijbehara; family too poor to afford the ‘proper nutrition’ prescribed by doctor

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SRINGAR: It has now been 72 days since Shameema, 20, was hit by bullets in her lower abdomen, leaving her paralysed. Her mother Rafeeqa, a woman in her mid fifties, said, “On July 9 my daughter was hit with multiple bullets by government forces. Shameema had gone out to search for her 11-year-old brother Bilal Ahmed. A procession was being taken out in our village, Arwani, in Bijbehara. Government forces opened fire at the procession. Among those hit was my daughter. She has been left half-dead.”
Shameema has suffered injury in her lower vertebra, informed a senior doctor looking after her. He said he at first feared that Shameema may be paralysed forever, but after a series of surgeries he is now confident that she will recover.
“The series of operations performed on her clearly indicate that she is going to recover now. It may take time, but she is responding well to the treatment,” said the doctor, wishing to remain anonymous.
But Shameema’s mother said that the kind of nutrition doctors are recommending, they cannot afford. “My husband is a blacksmith. His meagre income cannot provide for the nutritional needs of my daughter,” said a worried Rafeeqa.
“With the assistance provided by voluntary groups, I am able to purchase some of the things. But the doctors always emphasise on good nutrition, which gives me the fear that God forbid, what if my daughter becomes paralysed for want of proper nutrition,” Rafeeqa said.
The doctor treating Shameema said that ““Kashmiris need to show the same kind of support to her like they have done for Insha.”
“Shamemma was in the same ICU with Insha Mushtaq, the 14-year-old girl whose both eyes were blinded by pellets. Shameema has recuperated after staying in coma for 20 days. The brave girl deserves all the help we can give her.”

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