Hyderabad: Sometimes you have no choice, but to be strong. Adil Qureshi did just that and grew stronger in the face of adversity. In the past two months life has been a rollercoaster for him – one full of twists and turns.
First he lost his father, Gaffar Qureshi, to Covid-19 while his mother, Sayeeda Akhtari, managed to pull through the disease after two weeks of hospitalisation. Thereafter, Adil himself got infected with the virus along with his wife and children. After a month-long home quarantine, they are now on the road to recovery. What kept them going all along was their positive outlook, grit and determination.
“You can fight Covid only if you have a positive mindset and don’t allow depression to take hold of you”, says 45-year-old Adil of Bazaar Guard.
But this is easier said than done. Life went into a tailspin for his family as it struggled to cope with the deadly disease. Adil and his mother were put on external oxygen support after their saturation levels dipped. The difficulties they faced in procuring the precious gas is another story. Though she lost her husband, Ms Akhtari did not let negative thoughts creep in. “At this crucial time, I have to keep the morale of the family high”, remarked the 80-year-old retired teacher.
Caught between grief and resilience, the family observed Ramzan Id stoically. “I remained optimistic and this quickened the healing process”, says Adil. Another worrisome thing was his overseas job in which he landed after great difficulty. But his prolonged leave threatened to jeopardise it. It was on February 28 that he had flown back to Qatar after his annual vacation only to rush back when his parents were admitted to the King Koti Hospital with Covid infection. Luckily his employer has been very considerate.
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