Celebrating the strength of special mums

Celebrating the strength of special mums
Karthik Kumar and his mother Rajeswari Krishnamurthy

Dubai - The mothers of special needs children are truly an inspiration to be courageous, brave and strong.

By Ankita Chaturvedi

Published: Sun 8 May 2016, 9:59 PM

Last updated: Mon 9 May 2016, 8:38 AM

Though celebration of motherhood is not bound to any particular day, the UAE celebrates International Mothers' Day in a special way with special moms.
The mothers of special needs children are truly an inspiration to be courageous, brave and strong. They have faced all the challenges just to see a peaceful smile on their child's face. Despite difficulties, they educated their special needs children to be independent and bold.
"Chirag is the little gentleman, a charm of my house. He is my perfect child," says Harsha, a proud mother of a 15-year-old boy who is suffering from Costello syndrome. Chirag falls under skeleton structure and cannot be treated. Initially, it was a heart-breaking news for the entire family. But Harsha's courage and strength made him a strong person and today he dreams of becoming a famous footballer.
Zia ul Haq Mirza is a 19-year-old boy with hearing impairment but is one of the best dancers, who performed with Bollywood's biggest stars Shahrukh Khan and Salmaan Khan. Salmaan Khan even offered to shoot a video with him. Zia's mother Zareena Naeem is happy to see her son confident. "He is full of confidence now. he is good at swimming and dramatics as well. I pray for his happiness and I will be always there to support him".
Despite suffering from cerebral palsy, Bindiya Farswani became a well known writer, poet, model, artist, entrepreneur and a dancer. "She had a group of movement disorders since childhood. I believe mothers like me who have been blessed with 'special children' are paradigm for world that nothing is impossible. My daughter is a poet by soul and artist by heart. I am fortunate to be blessed with a child like her," says Rakhee Farswani, a housewife.
Karthik Kumar was diagnosed with Autism when he was just two years old. Now, he can sing in seven languages; can play guitar, keyboard, Congo, drums and xylophone. He has never looked back after getting his break from the support group 'Saathi' operating under the patronage of the Indian Consulate, Dubai. "We do not seek sympathy, but a little empathy would help us in a big way," stresses Karthik's mother Rajeswari Krishnamurthy, who works at Jebel Ali Free zone Authority as a coordinator.

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