It was by sheer accident that actor Juhi Chawla was standing in the lobby of a hospital where she saw a woman weeping quietly in the corner. Juhi who immediately went to talk to her says that she is a changed person who now is working towards building a hospital especially for children where all kinds of treatment – allopathic, homeopathy and ayurvedic – will be made available.
The person Juhi met was the mother of a 14-year-old boy, a cancer patient, who is on the last stage of the disease and the doctors have apparently asked the boy to be taken home. The disease started when the boy got hit in his jaw while playing football. The unattended wound soon transformed into cancer and soon the boy was on his second stage of the disease. The disease came back to haunt the boy despite initially getting cured of it.
“His parents had run out of money and were selling their belongings. Now as the doctors gave little hope, the mother was desperate to save her child. She approached me in tears trembling in despair. I promised to do something and I did. I visited Zishan too. He was painfully weak. The chemo and radiation had jammed his head and he couldn’t swallow and could barely breathe. The doctors were giving him IV and antibiotics to strengthen him so that they could do one more round of chemo,” Juhi wrote on her Twitter page. Juhi perhaps helped with whatever she could but that was not enough to save the child from the jaws of the disease.
The actor says that from that day onwards she decided to work towards building the hospital and if her friends are right then she is steadily working towards it.
“I know what I’m going to do. I will at least try to do. God please help me make this happen, build a hospital only for children. A hospital that combines homoeopathy and ayurveda with allopathy!!! Draw from the wisdom of the old and the technique of the new!! Let every mother know that if she needs help and hope she can come there. God help me realise my dream,” she further wrote.