I decided that I would go ahead with her surgery and that too as soon as possible. All the doctors that I had met or the family we visited were not going to define my daughter’s worth. If no two typical children were alike then why was I comparing one special needs child to the other? I felt guilt leaving my body and a new ray of hope coming over me. I had made up my mind and I decided that from now on, I would not depend on what others said about my daughter.
Her surgery took place soon. It went well and in about a month, we were back with a healthy heart and a changed mom.
Today my daughter is seven. She goes to a mainstream school. She has performed on the stage several times. She loves sports and painting. Her teacher says she is ahead of few of her ‘typical’ peers in reading and that every teacher in the school loves her. At home, she is a cracker who runs around like a live wire, spreading laughter and happiness. I thank my stars that I took the right decision at the right time and I hope many will do the same.
I was wrong to trust people who did not know much or those who treated disability as a tragedy. My suggestion to all readers is to tell anybody who is going through such a phase to have faith in themselves and their children, because faith and trust in our children can change their and our lives.
Thanks for reading.