A2-and-a-half-year-old girl hasn’t yet taken her first steps. With her right leg covered in a thick bandage, the girl smiles candidly from ear to ear as her grandfather tells her story in a viral post.
Arushi is suffering from Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia. A simple Google search will tell you that CPT refers to nonunion of a tibial fracture that develops spontaneously or after a minor trauma. A pseudarthrosis is defined as a “false joint” and is a break in the bone that fails to heal on its own.
The surgery and post-operation medical care will cost Rs 16 lakh. The bandage on her leg may have restricted Arushi in some way but it hasn’t been able to break her smile or the spirit of her 78-year-old grandfather, who along with her wife, has knocked on every possible door for help.
Arushi has a twin brother, a grandmother and a grandfather. Arushi’s mother passed away while giving birth to the children. During the delivery, she started bleeding heavily and had to be operated. She couldn’t make it. Within 20 days, Arushi’s father passed away, too, leaving the twins with the grandparents.
“These kids were left without a mother. Our son was so lost — it’s like he’d lost a part of his soul. And within 20 days of losing his wife — he passed away. He left behind his children and us… they’ll never know their parents,” recalls Arushi’s grandfather to Humans of Bombay, that tells a commoner’s story as it is on their Facebook page.
Arushi’s grandfather worked as a havaldar (constable) for 20 years in Satara (Maharashtra). He earned Rs 3,000 a month in which he raised three children and ran his household.
“I’m 78 now, while my wife is 70. I thought this would be the age where I would play with my grandchildren, not run behind trusts to give us money for their surgery,” he says.
While sharing Arushi’s story with the world through Facebook, Humans of Bombay also set up a fundraiser for her surgery. As Arushi’s story reached thousands of people all over the world, it also united them to come forward and help contribute for her surgery.
In just 6 hours, over 980 donors raised Rs 16 lakh.
This is how folks on the Internet united to raise fund for Arushi so she and her family could have a bright Diwali.