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Hamida's Heart

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Hamida and her family share a laugh
​Hamida, her mother, daughter Lamia and sister

With files from Himaloy Joseph Mree

“I was in pain,” says Hamida Khatun, recalling her childhood. “I didn’t know why it was happening to me. I couldn’t play like other children. It hurt when I ran and carried heavy things. And the pain in my chest was worse at night.”

Hamida is the oldest daughter of Abul, a labourer, and Rebecca, a district to the west of Dhaka. When the family’s income couldn’t support their basic needs, Hamida became a World Vision sponsored child at the age of 13.

In 2005, Hamida began experiencing coughs, fevers and chest pain. 

“We couldn’t bear our little daughter’s pain any longer, so we took her for treatment at local hospitals, but her condition didn’t go away. Then she was taken to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases for better treatment and a hole in her heart was discovered,” her mother recounts.

It was there that Rebecca says her daughter was given a death sentence.

“My child was suffering, but the doctors refused to treat her, saying treatment wouldn’t work any more. We pleaded with them, but they refuse...I was scared and utterly heartbroken.”

But then, they found hope: “At this hopeless moment, World Vision promised to take care of her.”

World Vision gave Hamida lots of nutritious food, medicine and health advice during those crucial days. She was then taken to a residence for intensive care before open-heart surgery.

On September 8, 2005 Hamida underwent heart surgery. Under the watchful eye of her doctors and parents. she recovered to full health.

At 21, Hamida is married and has a daughter named Lamia Mim.​

“May the Almighty Creator bless the people who helped me get back my life. Because of World Vision’s help, I’m now healthy, a good mother of a healthy daughter and a good housewife,” the young woman says. 

“I pray that many children will be cured with World Vision’s help and get the opportunity to enjoy their lives like me," Hamida says. 

You can be a part of the cure. Become a World Vision sponsor today, and help children get the care they so desperately need. 

Photos by Md. Shabir Hussain, Communications, World Vision’s office in Bangladesh




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