12-year-old learns to walk at city hospital

  • By Hindu
  • | Wednesday | 14th March, 2018

She began taking Rehmat with her to places of worship, where both would beg for alms, making a few hundred rupees a day at most. “After he walks well, we are considering putting him on speech therapy as well,” Dr. Vanjara says. The therapy“The loss of vision had impacted his overall development,” says Sadiya Vanjara, head of physiotherapy and pain management at Noor Hospital. Since February 28, Rehmat has been visiting the hospital every evening for an hour. I don’t want him to beg.”Ms. Shaikh says she will inform his parents only when he is walking comfortably unassisted.

Rehmat Shaikh is 12, but until recently he had never stood up on his feet, let alone walked.

There’s nothing wrong with his legs; the problem is with another disability, a congenital bilateral optic nerve atrophy, which leaves him without sight.

In Kolkata, where he was born, his parents Rabiya and Shakeel, who make a living doing odd jobs, worried about his safety and never let him walk or do anything else for himself.

As a result, his leg muscles are weak.

He also has a speech impairment. Six months ago, though, his life began to change.

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