UP (India) : 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 homoeopathy medicine, to help her child who is 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 not 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.
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 chair on the other side,’ 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.