By Sherfun Nisa
Kulgam: Even after three surgeries, one conducted at SMHS Srinagar and two at LV Prasad Eye Institute Hyderabad, 24-year-old Sabzar Ahmad Malik has not regained the eyesight that pellets fired by government forces took away.
“It has been two and a half months since we returned from Hyderabad, but the condition of our son is still the same. Doctors (at Hyderabad) said that only prayers can bring back his vision. We are praying for that with every breath we take, but sill there is no ray of hope that we see,” Hafeeza, Sabzar’s mother, said.
Sabzar belongs to a poor family and was the only earning hand. The family lives in a mud-built house with no proper amenities. “It is the financial support of the villagers that helped us admit our son to hospital,” said father of Sabzar, Abdul Gani Malik.
Sabzar’s eye was blinded a day before a scheduled Itihad-e-Millat conference at Wokay in Kulgam on July 31.
“We were just walking towards the market when we heard some shots in the distance. I was about to run when I felt something hot striking my right eye. I do not know what happened after that. A lady gave me a glass of water, which is all I remember. When I regained sense, I found myself at Mohammadpora hospital. It was then I realised that I had lost my one eye. I was most scared about my mother, of how she would react on learning this. I met her the next day and told her that I had a minor injury on my forehead, that is why my eye was covered with bandage,” Sabzar recalled.
Sabzar was referred to District Hospital Kulgam and then shifted to SMHS where he was admitted for a week. The doctors suggested he be taken to Hyderabad. But after two surgeries at Hyderabad, the doctors there said that Sabzar has little chance of regaining his vision. Doctors also told him that his blinded eye will close by its own after a year.
“The doctors at Hyderabad clearly told us that I am never going to get my vision back. But my parents are still hoping, which hurts me, for I know it is never going to happen,” Sabzar said.
Sabzar’s parents want him to get married, but he has forsaken that wish. “They want me to get married but I always deny because I do not want my children to hear my name as a blind man. I do not want them to feel ashamed of their father who cannot see,” said Sabzar.
Sabzar is also concerned for his three younger siblings. His father is unable to work since he fell from a tree some years ago. “We can hardly make both ends meet. We beg door to door for money to get food. We wear clothes given by others. Sabzar was the only person to earn some money but now he is blind. Who will feed us?” rued Hafeeza, his mother.