Two months after the coma, when there was almost no hope that he will survive, at the intensive care unit, 4-year Marad told his morther Iamze these words!
For 4 years I was the happiest mother in the World. I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy son. I was so proud! "Look," said the poor boy's mother, addressing us, "Isn't he handsome?" And gently presses the beloved son to her heart...
I do not know who cursed us. Maybe it was human envy. But 10 years ago, a terrible thing happened – our cart was hit by a huge passenger bus. My love, my blood, my son, hit his beautiful little head on the cursed stone, – the woman suddenly began to cry, – and now he is paralyzed.
But you know, when I hug him, he looks at me like that...! And says "mama." Yes, I am his mother. And I am proud of it! And I will never give up while I live, no matter how hard my own life is! And I believe God! I believe He will restore my son’s health. Miracles happen, don't they? True? – she asked us, crying and looking at us...
Her son, Marad Savadze has been a disabled person of group I for more than 10 years; his body is almost paralyzed; he has undergone craniotomy; he suffers from epileptic seizures and is unable to speak. The only word he says is "mama."
Crying, she told us the sad story: "When the little son was 4 years old, my husband and Marad were on their way home in the wagon. A passenger bus was approaching them. The horse was frightened and began to cross the road in panic. The driver slammed on the brakes, but it was too late. The blow was so strong that the father and son fell out of the cart – the husband was in the pit, and my boy hit his head on a stone. Thank God, the bus driver and passengers jumped out of the car and gave first aid, and then drove them to the Batumi clinic. In 2 weeks Tamaz came out of the coma, and my son remained in coma for long 60 days".
His father got off relatively easily, but lost his ability to work, but doctors fought for a long time for the salvation of Marad. 4 the most difficult operations, physical and mental suffering, sleepless nights, waiting for death – that's what these people have suffered, trusting only in God! The Lord heard the mother's prayer, two months later Marad finally opened his eyes and softly, barely audibly, said: "Mommy , is that you?"
– Iamze, tell us please, what was Marad diagnosed with?
Iamze: His condition after a traumatic brain injury was grave. He had a part of his skull bone removed, and as a result the boy was paralyzed and retarded in mental development.
– You were not socially unprotected then, and how could you pay for operations and treatment of two people? Did you have any insurance?
Iamze: No, had no insurance, because in our village there was no such "service". I sold my house and paid part of the price, as there was no other way. In total I had to pay 8 800 lari for the husband and 24 000 lari for the son. There was nothing else I could do. I decided to write a letter to “Rustavi 2“ TV Company to take part in the program "Who wants to be a millionaire".
"And then what?" Was there any positive answer?
Iamze: A miracle happened, I was invited to the program. I have a 10-class education, but I loved to read and this knowledge helped me a lot. I won the game and received 20 000 lari. Thank God, it covered all the debt for the treatment of my dear people.
– You're a real heroine! How do you manage to look after two sick people? It must be extremely difficult...
Iamze: I'm ready to give my soul for them, but our poverty puts a spoke in the wheel. My husband is so weak that he barely moves; after the injury of his shoulder and leg he cannot stand for a long time. I do all the hard work about the house. It's a mother duty! But certainly my husband helps; he can cook some porridge for the child or give him medication, or sit with him when I am in the garden...
– What are the main problems of Marad at the moment?
Iamze: His skull is open, without a bone, covered only by the scalp. He needs an operation which is done abroad. Of course, I have no money for this expensive operation. In addition, he needs a rehabilitation course and massage treatments. And now there is another trouble – he was diagnosed with pneumonia. All our income is spent on medicines and diapers...
– And what is your income?
Iamze: 200 lari of disability pension and 260 lari of social allowance.
– Do local authorities or relatives help you?
Iamze: The city hall allocates money for medicines, 150 gel, twice a year and also pays for our rented accommodation; it annually sends my son to a 10-day vacation at a resort. Relatives also help. They are wonderful people as being in need themselves they help to the possible extent and do not forget about us. For example, they gave us a washing machine and a refrigerator. But we don't have a TV.
– No TV in the 21st century?
Iamze: My dear, we don't have many things. The furniture is decrepit, the bedclothes are torn, the dishes are battered...
– Where did you meet your husband?
Iamze: He's a house painter. We met at the neighbor's place where he painted their windows. We got to talking, and then we met at the country club and fell in love. For 5 years we lived in prosperity, happily, enjoyed life, raised a child, but the accident completely destroyed all our plans and put an end to our happy life.
– Iamze, what is your dream?
Iamze: Of course, I want my son to regain his feet. But to do this, we must constantly pray and continue to fight for his life. The first thing is my everyday chore: I pray, I ask God to have mercy on us, to ease my son's plight... But the struggle for his life is getting more difficult every day because of material needs. I will tell you honestly, I have one dream: to have a car, at least an old one, at least a "Zhiguli". You know what I need this car for? I took my son to Batumi for examination, take him outdoors or to some camps, so that he would not be in jail and would be able to communicate with his peers...
– You said that you pray often to God; do you have a Saint that you particularly adore?
Iamze: When Marad is very ill, Orthodox prayers always come to my aid. I especially venerate St. Nicholas! Nicholas the Wonderworker is our protector! When my boy falls asleep, I light him a candle and ask him to give him a peaceful sleep, to protect him from the scourge of the devil.
Friends, every sorrow has a beginning and an end. And only the grief of a mother looking at a dying child knows no bounds. This family needs your urgent help. We must help them, we're Christians!
Call Iamze, listen about the needs of Marad and cheer her up. You can personally visit this family and provide assistance, and God will bless you. And be sure to repost our publication. Let your friends know about the grief of this poor teenager! It is very important.
Here is the address: Lanchukhtsky Region, the village of Nigvziani, tel.: 595912693.
Marad needs medicines, hygiene products, food, bed linen and his family needs a TV-set and household appliances.
Our Fund account GE15TB7194336080100003, GE42LB0115113036665000 or GE64BG0000000470458000 (purpose: Marad Shavadze). You can as well transfer money through our website and terminals NovaTechnology, TBCpay and ExpressPay.
Find our Fund in "Charity" section. (You can learn about the additional rights and obligations of the Fund by following the link https://goo.gl/GY2Gus).
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