Durjoy – a name that symbolizes the invincible. This name belongs to a strong 5-year-old boy who has always been fighting with challenges in his life.
Born in Bengal, Durjoy is the only grandson in his family and will inherit the family’s legacy when he grows up. Such status has aroused the jealousy of Durjoy’s aunt, who only has two daughters.
One day, when Durjoy’s mother was not at home, the auntie deliberately splashed some corrosive liquid at him. His mouth, neck, chin and throat were seriously burned, and his tongue was corroded to the size of a thumbnail. At that time, Durjoy was only 49 days old! He could no longer speak, laugh, and eat, and could only live on nutrient milk fed through a nasogastric tube.
Durjoy’s father had used up all his savings to save him, but there was no improvement for his poor condition. Fortunately, with the help of a local charity organization, Durjoy was sent to Hong Kong for orthopaedic surgery, and stayed at the Ronald McDonald House near the hospital.
In a short period of three months since he arrived in Hong Kong, Durjoy had been sent to the Intensive Care Unit for three times. As Durjoy’s mouth was re-opened by the surgeon from 1 cm to 4 cm, he could finally say “Daddy! Mummy!” – a moment his worn-out parents had been waiting for five years. They could no longer hold back their tears.
Owing to Durjoy’s young age, his doctor advised that the next operation could only be done two years later. However, all his parents’ savings have been spent, and the local organization which funded the family’s first visit would not be able to fund their second trip either. It remains unknown whether Durjoy will be able to come again for future treatments.
Facing the uncertain future, Durjoy’s parents have only one wish: that Durjoy can smile again!
Their wish has come true – they saw the smile on Durjoy’s face one day when he was having a good time playing with volunteers and other children at the Ronald McDonald House. Durjoy has left his home town and come all the way to Hong Kong to operate. To him, greeting and care from fellow sick children are huge support and encouragement.
Although Durjoy will still have to undergo a series of treatments, he will, just as his name be brave about the challenges and defeat them. Because in this “home”, he has found love!