This heartwarming news comes to us from India.
Aloma Lobo recalls the incident in vivid detail. Shortly after she and her husband David Lobo opened their home to several abandoned kids in the past, a call from a colleague worried her. A two-week-old baby had been abandoned and Aloma was bent on taking a look. They rushed to see the abandoned child and saw that the baby girl was born with a very rare genetic condition known as ichthyosis. It is such a rare condition that it affects one in a million.
The baby’s name was Nisha and her skin was thickened and flaky, she was visually impaired in one eye and was born without eyelids. As a result, her eyes stayed wide open round the clock making them prone to injuries and bleeding. Additionally, she could not drink anything from her mouth.
The second of Aloma’s daughters insisted that the couple take her home and soon Nisha became an inseparable part of the Lobo family, being the youngest of six children. As the adoption proceedings started, Aloma and David took Nisha home. For the first few weeks, the couple was unsure if the little girl could endure. Her body temperature had to be adjusted round the clock and she also had to be regularly and carefully wrapped with oils and creams.
While the love of the mother is unconditional, in a country like India where there is a lot of stigma around differently-abled persons, Nisha faced her own challenges. There would be people making unkind remarks about how her condition was the result of bad karma and still, others would treat her as if ichthyosis is contagious.
Her early school life was rife with examples of mistreatment and exclusion. But Nisha and her parents were determined to make things work out to their favor and they stuck to their guns. However, it was definitely disconcerting to see some parents of other kids not letting their kids near her when she was enrolled in a convent school close to home.
But all was not lost. Trio World Academy, an international school enrolled Nisha. Aloma says,” Much of her confidence can be attributed to the encouragement of her peers and teachers, she made some of her closest friends there. She was a responsible student and was given equal opportunities.”
Nisha’s confidence and her unique perception of the world make Nisha an inspiring person. She always was large in the heart and could accept when she was treated with discrimination. Aloma is quick to point out that superstitious beliefs in India cause people to blame dangerous traits in the family or even bad karma.
Aloma signs off by saying, “Hopefully, reading Nisha’s story and watching her film will break those stereotypes. It will help people understand that people with special needs deserve a good life and equal opportunities like everybody else. They can be contributing human beings if they are given a chance.”
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