Erumeli: Latheesha was born with the rare disorder of brittle bone disease that results in breaking bones easily. Now, she is 26-year-old but can easily be passed off for a 5-year-old. She can’t do anything without anyone’s help. But her health condition couldn’t defeat her sense of responsibility towards the nation. She was determined to exercise her franchise in the Lok Sabha election.
This is her first vote in the LS polls. Latheesha had her vote at the Vavar Memorial Higher Secondary School here. In the previous Assembly elections also, her father carried her to the polling station to cast vote.
“Athachi.. I want to vote. I want to cast vote to the candidate who will bring good to the nation,” she had said.
Her parents, Erumeli natives Ansari and Jameela had been ever ready to fulfil their daughter’s every wish.
When someone asks Latheesha what is survival, she responds, it’s my life. This determination has been her life.
An MCom scholar, Latheesha is now preparing for civil service examination. Her father carries her wherever she wants to go. Extreme care is required while holding her. If a little pressure is applied, bones might break. Nothing can replace the sacrifices her parents had made.
Latheesha is an example to quitters. She is also well versed in social matters. She plays songs on organ and paints. Latheesha has won many awards and honours. She is a familiar face among political, cultural, literature and film fraternity.
Latheesha is now suffering from lung-related problems and is using breathing apparatus. Even though help from the government was sought for the apparatus, she received no help. Her parents are buying oxygen cylinders. She can breathe for almost half an hour without the help of the apparatus.
The family has only one complaint that authorities are keeping a closed eye towards their plight and survival.