Despite his health challenges, she enrolled him at Islamiya Pilot Primary School, Bauchi Road, Jos, in 2015, where he is currently a primary two pupil in a class for the visually handicapped.
But as if constantly trailed by misfortune, Abdul-Jabbar was hit by another strange disease in April, this year, which paralyzed his arms and legs. On that day, he suffered a severe bout of convulsion, which eventually affected his arms and legs.
After being rushed to a General Hospital at Toro, Bauchi State, where he was treated, he was said to have got some relief, which however, was short-lived; his grandmother’s hope of seeing him regain the use of his arms and legs, crashed like a pack of cards.
Undeterred, the woman who is engaged in commercial grinding of grains with hired machine to earn a living, took him to two eye centres, Arab Eye Clinic, Bauchi, and Arab Optical Clinic, Kano, with a view to at least, restore his sight; sadly, that effort also ended in vain.
Since then, life has been a nightmare for Abdul-Jabbar, now aged seven, even as he invests hope in God. Though resolute in his quest for education, his greatest worry is how to get to school; more so, as Kabiru and Dahiru, his schoolmates, who usually assisted in carrying him to school on their backs, graduated last month.
“My friends who usually carried me to school on their back have completed their studies in my school; they are going to JSS 1 in another school. How I will go to school in September when we will resume from the current vacation has been my biggest problem,” he remarked recently in Hausa at the Crest Hotel Jos, during an event where the President of the Rotary Club of Naraguta-Jos, Theresa Oritsemajemite Eyetan, presented a wheelchair to him, alongside seven of his classmates.
That gesture, he says, has lifted his spirit and given him a flicker of hope, and he did not mince words in expressing his joy.
“Rotary Club has given me a wheelchair to ease my movement; the challenge now is that my hands are weak and not strong enough to push the wheel of the chair, but I am grateful because I can get someone to push me to my destination. I hope to walk and regain my sight someday, as I was not born with my present condition,” he said.
Source – SunNewsOnline.com