Girl on oxygen support writes Class X board exams

Based on inputs by Shahid Kazi

BAREILLY: Sixteen-year-old Safia Javed, who has been suffering from lung disease since the past five years and is appearing for the Class X board exams this year, has been granted permission to carry an oxygen cylinder to the examination hall. As she was unable to attend classes regularly, Safia is appearing in the UP Board exam as a private student. She has been on continuous oxygen support since the past one-and-a-half years as her lungs are too weak to breathe normally.

Safia’s father, Sarvar Javed, a resident of Shahbad colony in Bareilly, told TOI, “My daughter had always been a class topper but her medical condition deteriorated over the past five years. She was a regular student but had to drop out of the high school exams as her health condition turned critical and she had to be hospitalised. I am sure she will secure excellent marks as she is a keen learner and studies hard.”


Safia Javed with her parents outside the examination centre

“All her medical problems started about five years ago after she underwent a surgery for removal of stones from the gall bladder. A year later, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and she underwent treatment at a private facility and showed signs of improvement but later we came to know that she was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. Her lungs often gets filled with fluid and she has to undergo preventive treatment. Doctors at the district hospital have put her on continuous oxygen support. She was bedridden for several months and when she showed signs of improvement she started studying again. Her doctors, the school principal and the teachers at the school have supported us in ensuring that my daughter could write the board exams.”

Though Safia is determined to complete her studies, she didn’t tell TOI about her aspirations and only said, “Let time decide.” Her father said, “Safia is my only daughter and eldest among three siblings. I will ensure that she becomes very successful in life and I am willing to spend every penny I have to save her.”

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