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Saba Zahid - Nursing Student Going Deaf

Organized by: saulat ajmal

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EVENT DATE May 02, 2014

THE STORY:

Saba Zahid, the daughter of Mohammad Zahid, is a 2nd year student at the Nursing School Services Hospital Lahore. A nineteen year old girl from an underprivileged background, living below the poverty line, not only made it through school but also to college.

Her father's drug addiction led to the separation of the parents, while her mother struggled to raise the family working as a helper in a kitchen for Girls College Gulberg. Being one of four siblings, three sisters and a brother, and living off of their mother's meagre salary, she has shown exceptional will and enthusiasm for educating herself. A merit based scholarship has allowed her to come this far, but to go forward she needs more than just will and intelligence.

At the age of seventeen she encountered Ménière's disease, which can happen at any age but is more common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Occurrence of the disease at such a young age and the lack of early diagnosis led to the spread of hearing loss to both ears to a profound degree over a year and a half.

She has been suffering from the typical symptoms of episodic vertigo and muffled hearing. Over time her hearing decreased to a point where she could no longer keep up with class lectures and this year finally she has lost her merit based scholarship from failing her practical exam due to her disability.

By receiving a Cochlear implant, she can have her hearing restored and be able to continue with her education and attain her dreams. Her medical career relies on the surgery that costs $22000 but if we're able to raise $11000 a charity will match the funds.

Her family is standing by her but are already struggling to make ends meet. Thus, Saba needs external help to get her life back on track, which has been hard as it is. She cannot do this one her own and deserves a second chance in life. The right to treatment for an ailment that can save her life from falling apart can be made possible with one simple surgery. To dream and work hard is all she's ever wanted and with a little help she can get there. 

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