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BROKEN WINGS...

Başak is 20 years old … She was a perfectly normal baby until she was about one and a half, then each day her muscles started to get weaker and weaker. She started to fall down and hurt herself more and more.

26 January 2014 Sunday 00:05
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

Başak is 20 years old … She was a perfectly normal baby until she was about one and a half, then each day her muscles started to get weaker and weaker. She started to fall down and hurt herself more and more. 


Then one day she couldn't walk anymore. She couldn't use her hands or her arms well. Ever since then she's been in a wheelchair. 

She can’t talk accept with her eyes.

She has the most beautiful eyes you can see on a child’s face. 

She has the most loving heart you can receive affection from.

She talks with her eyes.

She loves Tarkan, the popular Turkish singer.

Without you even having to ask her, with her eyes she says, "Please come and spend time with us. Please come because we need to be among normal people. Please come and share moments with us. Please -- but please don't feel sorry for us. Just care about us!"

All she has in the whole world is her mother. Her father died about 10 years ago.

The mother who adores her also says that Başak is the only family she has and has devoted all her life to Başak and to similar children like Başak.

The mother used to be a banker but asked for an early retirement when her husband died.

They are not a wealthy family. They try to survive on the mother’s pension but they are happy to be together.

There are about 1000 girls in Ankara with mostly similar lives.

All they need is stuff like diapers. And most important of all they need a van to take them to hospitals.

The families of these children say that taxis don’t accept them. Drivers say the wheelchairs will harm their car most of the time. So, even if they have the money to take a cab most of the time they are not welcomed.

And it is very important for them to go for their physical therapies.

Yes, there are little hearts out there.   

Büşra, Hülya, Gülcan, Burcu, Ayşe, Esra …

There are young hearts out there.

Gizem, Selma, Çiğdem.

They're not fortunate as many of us. They are all disabled. And all they're asking for is some attention.

You may just read this column and go back to your undisturbed, healthy lives. 

Just like I did for many years.

To be frank, I avoided coming into contact with kids like that for many, many years.

I read articles such as this one. But always found an excuse not to have any contact with them. 

I couldn't bring myself to do so.

But then life brought me right in the middle of them where I could no longer avoid being with them.

And now I understand how wrong I was. 

They really need you, me ... someone.

All they want is to be with you.

To give their love to you.

Believe me, each one of you means a world for them. 

They haven't given up. They are trying. They are holding on. 

But they do need you, me ... someone!

And yes they do need a van!

They do need you, me… someone.

Until next week keep cool and healthy!



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