21 Apr, 2016
There was silence in the maternity ward. Then, nervous whispers. “The nurses looked scared,” says Rabia Aziz, recalling the moment of birth. “I sensed uneasiness behind the screen of the C-section. And then they asked, ‘Would you like to see your baby?’” Little Aaliya was born with an oddly shaped skull, no fingers and fused toes – clear signs of Apert’s syndrome, an incurable genetic disorder which affects one in 65,000 babies. “You know one of those nights when you pass out and don’t remember how you slept? I haven’t had one of those in three years,” Rabia says.
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