Vijay arises early, before the sun is up, and gently wakes his daughter Priyanka.
She looks into his eyes and knows that the journey they’ve spent so long
discussing is about to begin.
It is the peak of winter in the Himalayas and Vijay watched with concern, the night
before, as the snow began to fall outside their home. “I hope the roads are clear to
travel,” he thinks. Even if they are not, he knows he is willing to take the risk.
It’s been 10 years since Priyanka’s accident, but he still remembers the day he and
his wife left to harvest the fields and returned to find Priyanka injured on the floor
after a household cleaner containing acid spilled all over her head and chest. He tries
to shake off his grief and guilt as he makes his way out the door with his daughter.
After some time on the road, Vijay’s fear becomes a reality. The roads have been
covered in snow, making it impossible for the bus they were scheduled to take to
reach them. Vijay looks down at Priyanka and she understands what this means.
They won’t be able to reach Dehradun; she won’t be able to receive treatment.
Overwhelmed with this realization, Vijay takes his daughter in his arms, carries her,
and walks three miles through the snow determined to get his daughter help.
Thanks to Vijay’s heroic effort, he and Priyanka arrive at the hospital and, despite
their long journey, wait patiently for ReSurge doctors to see them. Because of
Priyanka’s burn injuries, she is unable to move her neck or close her eyelids fully.
Following her surgery, Priyanka’s neck movement is restored and her eyesight
is saved from further deterioration. As Priyanka recovers from surgery, Vijay sits
by her side and watches her sleep, just like the morning when they began their
journey. This time, things are different.
“After Priyanka’s surgery, I started to truly believe, for the first time, that my
daughter was going to be OK,” says Vijay.
ReSurge has treated Priyanka since 2006 and continues to do so. Every year,
when ReSurge arrives in Dehradun, India, so do Vijay and Priyanka—ready to
further her treatment and welcome the team.
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