I did not have a great deal of knowledge about cerebral palsy the first time I met Hassan. The only thing I kept thinking was that him and his parents are now in the U.S. under the care of No More Tears, thus, everything will eventually work out for all of them.
I remember that night laying in bed and asking God for a favor. “Please make Hassan okay, Allah, please make him walk, make him say something, just one word, just something, make him okay, please!”
As I spent more time with Hassan and learned his story, I grew closer to his parents and my prayers turned into conviction that Hassan was indeed going to to walk some day.
Hassan’s parents, originally from Islamabad, Pakistan, had tried every doctor, every hospital, even Muslim clerics, and received no help.
Not only did Hassan’s health deteriorate, Hassan’s mother experienced abuse from people in the community. She was deemed unlucky and blamed for giving birth to a child with cerebral palsy. When Hassan and his mother would leave the house and go to a store, the shopkeeper would say things like, “You should not bring a child like this out on the street, better you keep someone like him inside the house.”
After listening to many accusations and enduring repeated abuse, Hassan’s parents moved to the U.S. to continue their search for medical assistance for their son in July of 2012.
I met with them in October of 2012 and they have been a part of No More Tears’ family ever since. In fact, it is solely because of Hassan that NMT is now helping children with disabilities.
While we are not medical experts, No More Tears is able to help families like Hassan’s by offering them love and support. We know that the medical bills and specialized equipment needed to raise a child with severe cerebral palsy can be astronomical, and that many hard-working and loving parents struggle to pay for these necessities. No More Tears has helped Hassan’s family, and will help other families that have children with disabilities, pay for medical treatment, wheelchairs, adaptive equipment, and other items needed so that, like the victims of domestic violence we serve, there are no more tears.