"We are a normal family and have our share of happiness and troubles. I want to tell the world don't treat us like clowns, we belong to this world," says Zahra, 34, who has given up her job and now works on a voluntary basis for Mawaheb, an art studio for special needs adults and also for Special Needs Family (SNF).
Zahra was born to normal parents. In fact her mother was nearly six feet tall, she recalls, while Mufaddal, who was the tallest boy in his class in school, was given medicine to counter his unusual growth that over-reacted and stunted his growth. Despite initial setbacks in society and family circles, both of them received amazing support from family to be able to continue their higher studies. "My sisters, one of whom is a doctor and another an MBA, both in the US, have been my pillars of support. They took me under their wing and inspired me to achieve," says Zahra. The two met online and fell in love and got married in 2006.
So, when they were planning a family they were aware of the risks their condition posed. "When we went for genetic counselling we were told that the risk of having a child with a similar condition was 50 per cent. When I conceived
Both she and Mufaddal, 41, have fought the bias in society against dwarfism. "We have felt eyes turning on us, we recognise the look of pity but we have learnt how to deal with that and we take it in our stride," says the couple.
Zahra says that whenever she sees children staring at
She always takes precautions to avoid crowds and stays away from large malls and crowded palces. "I arrive at
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