The gunshot scar on my arms might look old but the memories are vivid

The gunshot scar on my arms might look old but the memories are vivid

“I was 17 when our country got freedom. We were very happy to be free from slavery in 1947, but the aftermath vanished the sense of joy. We lived in a place with no basic utilities and when we finally started to get settled, it was the time of partition. The people there, set ablaze our house so we had no shelter too. We moved to places and became the prey of poverty. We were left with nothing, my father, the house, and other assets, everything turned into ashes.

The gunshot scar on my arms might look old but the memories are vivid”.

Azeem-ur-Rehman Siddiqui, 89 and still practicing doctor has seen the country at its peak to meet independence from the Britishers and fall low in the hands of this pandemic. However, something that never changed, is his willingness to heal the diseased which he counts as a blessing from his mother.

From the little money his ordeal mother earned, she managed to feed her children and educate him. As he grew older, Dr Azeem went to Aligarh Muslim University and completed his B.U.M.S

In an interview with his granddaughter Hira, she mentioned Abbuji (Nana) never took a day off from his clinic. He would earn 85 rupees per day and handover the sum to his mother and he recalls it as his best memory. This clinic helped him raise from immense poverty and reached to a level when each of his children got educated, settled and well supplied.

Amid this journey, his wife passed away during Haj. “It’s been 24 years, whenever I miss her. I talk to my daughters.

In the last few months, his health has started deteriorating. Last week, Dr Azeem was taken to causality for multiorgan dysfunction and was in intrinsic unit few days. Soon after he got stable, he insisted his doctors to discharge him so that he can visit his clinic again.

“It stings to see him sit alone in his clinic as there are fewer patients (who are mostly people within our extended family. It is COVID-19, and we are preventing him from meeting ill people for his and their well-being.”

When he is not around his patients, he likes to spend time with cats and do gardening. His shivering hands and slouched posture narrates the story of eternity. “His eyes shine when someone seeks medical advice from him. He is an infinite source of inspiration”, concluded Dr Hira Shams, clinical physiotherapist and Dr Azeem’s granddaughter.

Author & Clinical Physiotherapist

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  • Hira Shams
    Posted June 21, 2020 9:17 pm

    Thank you ma’am ♥️ it’s beautifully narrated ♥️

  • Esha tariq
    Posted June 21, 2020 9:18 pm

    Well written ❤️❤️

  • Hira Shams
    Posted June 21, 2020 9:19 pm

    Thanks ma’am ♥️ it’s beautiful ❤️

    Posted June 21, 2020 9:34 pm

    This is beautifully written

  • Manaal Siddiqui
    Posted June 21, 2020 9:41 pm

    Never thought the life journey of my nana could be so beautiful to read. Beautifully written. What I’ve learned from him as his granddaughter is perseverance, dedication and humanity; something that is hard to find these days.

  • sarfaraz ahmad
    Posted June 22, 2020 3:27 pm

    Good to see u sara,, hope to see the same u will do examine ur life as well and proceed in a right direction

  • Md Salman Zafar
    Posted June 26, 2020 2:06 pm

    What a remarkable journey Dr. Azeem has had. It’s really inspiring to witness such a personality who’s still not shying away from the call of duty even at this age and uncertain times. Kudos to you Sara for capturing the emotions behind his journey so brilliantly with your words.

  • Naushad
    Posted June 26, 2020 10:31 pm

    Good one

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