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Rimu's story

Rimu is three years old and lives with her family in Bogra, Bangladesh. Her mother, Mussamant, knew straight away that Rimu was not developing as her other children had. From an early age Rimu struggled to feed, becoming severely malnourished and underweight as a result. She was unable to see and didn't respond to sound.

Mussamant took her daughter to several doctors in the local area but they all said there was nothing they could do to help her. She didn't give up and took Rimu to see a specialist in Dhaka. The doctor referred Rimu to Sense International and recommended a cataract operation to improve her vision.

Rimu has begun to use speech and can lip read effectively.

At first Rimu was too malnourished to have the surgery as doctors feared that she would not survive the anaesthetic. Over the next year an educator, provided by Sense International, worked with the family to improve her ability to swallow and take in nutrition. During that time that family raised the 75,000 taka (£594) needed to fund the operation.

Rimu on her mum's lap whilst playing with a red ball

Since her operation life has changed dramatically for Rimu. She has begun to use speech and can lip read effectively. Her educator, Shamil, visits once a week on a Saturday and focuses on pre-school activities with her. Mussumant and her husband hope that she will be able to attend school when she turns five.

First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017