“Congratulations, you are pregnant!” said the Doctor…
Looks of pure happiness emerge on the faces of the husband and wife. They leave the hospital to announce to the whole family that we are parents to be. Smiles and blessings come from the whole family. Everyone is happy and excited - Grandparents are wishing for a baby boy. Sister & brothers in law all are thrilled to have a first baby at home. The parents-to-be say whether it’s a son or daughter we will love our baby as much as we can. “We are lucky that we are having a child who is actually an affirmation of our love.”
Husband and Wife are sitting and having a cup of tea; seeing the positive report again and again as they are so overwhelmed by the news that they are about to become parents. “It’s her 4th month so she should be very careful from now on as she has completed her first trimester”, said the mother in law. Wife left the room as she felt nauseous.
The real struggle starts and will continue for a good nine months. Now she has nausea, swollen feet, increasing belly, pimples on her skin, pain in her body and back, loss of hair, mood swings, anxiety, and rashes on her body. But she perseveres as she can’t take medicine because the baby will be affected. She is forced to bear it all.
She wanted to go to her cousin sister’s wedding in her 7th month but she can’t as nothing she wants to wear fits anymore. She even can’t wear her beautiful wedding dress because of her overgrown belly. She has to sacrifice everything just to see everyone happy. She needs to bottle up her emotions so that her in-laws and husband won’t see her screaming out which is what she terribly needed to do. “A woman has to sacrifice incredibly in these nine months.”
She was near her 9th month but before the final month could arrive, she had a very severe pain. The family took her to hospital where the staff said we need to operate immediately. “Who is the husband of patient”, said the nursing staff! “I am the one”, cried the husband. “Please fill out the form and submit the fee urgently so that we can start our procedures. Also, please read the form clearly as hospital won’t be responsible if anything happens to the patient and your wife’s case is very risky.” The husband with shivering in his hands signs the form and requests the doctor to please save her wife as he loves her a lot and cannot live without her.
She delivers a baby girl. The father said “Thank God, we have an angel at our home. And how’s my wife?” She is also fine, you can take them home in 3-4 days, said the doctor. Everyone is congratulating the parents on becoming the parents of a beautiful daughter. Balloons, flowers, smiles, and prayers all around.
They are home after 4 days, but the wife is still not well. She has pain and swelling in her body. She can’t walk properly - can’t even sit properly. And yet some aunties in the family said we’ve also delivered babies, she is not the new in this world. It happens after delivery - a lot of pain inside and a lot of taunts outside.
Husband took her to the hospital again after 10 days of delivery. As she is not well she isn’t able to hold her beautiful daughter in her arms even. Wife is hospitalized and doctors are saying she will be fine, not to worry. On day 14 in the bland hospital room with pain in her belly, she (the wife) decided to have a video call with her soul sisters - her university fellows with whom she shares everything about her life. She told them that she is recovering and the doctors are saying she will be fine and can go home in the next couple of days. She said she will come to town as soon as she recovered and will bring her beautiful daughter to introduce her to her aunties. Everyone was waiting to welcome her - friends, family and well-wishers.
The 15th day came, and so did the news… She is no more with us. She had a heart attack and after the post mortem report came, it blamed the poor hospital hygiene conditions. She had a towel forceps in her belly. The health conditions are so poor in the interior parts of the province that they operated on her and left a surgical item inside her belly. Is it like to remove a ball from belly?
At the age of 28, she left a 15 day old girl, a loving husband, a lot of unrealized dreams…
I am the unfortunate friend of this 28 year old loving caring girl. Yes, I have lost my soul sister and my best friend.