God’s love for His servants comes in different forms. Asep Heryana and Susi Widiastuti were blessed with two little angels named Alkha (12) and Akhtar (5) who suffered from cerebral palsy from an early age.
They were both only able to lie stiff in bed and unable to do other activities like children in general. They cannot do activities such as eating, drinking and changing clothes at all except with the help of their mother.
Alkha was born in an imperfect condition because her mother had hypertension when she was pregnant with Alkha. Meanwhile, her eldest child, Akhtar, suffered a brain freeze after experiencing epilepsy when he was eight months old. Previously, doctors said that Alkha’s life would not last long, only until she was 7 years old. But God had other plans. Alkha is still alive today with her two younger siblings.
“The doctor said, ‘Why did the nurses come to the house? How did the dede survive?’ “The child wanted to be like this. I told him to look after him, he left me in his care. I accepted this kind of child. I looked after him, I took care of him, I protected him,” said Asep.
Not only are they cared for by their parents, Alkha and Akhtar are also accompanied by another sibling, Aira (8), who never fails to care for Alkha and Akhtar with great affection. The physical limitations experienced by her two siblings did not necessarily make Aira give up her responsibilities as a brother and sister. He also often took turns with his mother and father in caring for his two sisters, feeding them and changing clothes for them.
Even though he only works as a daily laborer at a grocery store in the Subang area, Asep does not just give up on fate. With a salary of Rp. 80 thousand per day, which he receives at the end of every month, he has to support his four family members and pay rent of Rp. 400 thousand. Not to mention the costs he had to pay to renovate his small house which always leaked when it rained and also for therapy for his two children.
Even though the government has covered Alkha and Akhtar’s medical costs, Asep and Susi still have to empty their wallets for accommodation. They have to pay Rp. 250 thousand to rent a car once a week, which is not commensurate with the income they earn.
“You have to have regular therapy. When I get therapy, it’s also been done at least once a week. Just because of limitations, I take it sometimes once a month. I change it every week, then I’ll bring it to my dede,” said Susi.
“Now it’s not because of the costs. When his father was working, he still liked taking part in (therapy). Now his father’s income is only enough for food, not therapy. If he wants therapy, if he doesn’t have therapy, it’s a pity, that’s what he means, he’s stiff, Grandpa,” continued Susi.
The small rented house occupied by five family members is also not suitable. They have to get used to the condition of the roof almost collapsing and leaking when it rains. Never mind having a house, Asep doesn’t even dare to dream of renovating his tiny residence. Even so, their family remains happy with all the existing conditions.
“Yesterday the roof was about to collapse, this is the same as the one in the kitchen. Everything was leaking,” said Asep.
Despite all the limitations experienced by their family, Asep and Susi never let their guard down and are always steadfast in making their three children happy. The enthusiasm that once dimmed always rekindled when Alkha and Akhtar smiled happily. They both always believe and never give up on God’s gifts and miracles which can come in any form and know no time.
“Yes, hopefully there will be a miracle from God to heal both of them, I don’t know, right? I have to be enthusiastic about having a child like this,” said Asep.
“God willing, if you are strong, you will be strengthened. I just ask that I be given more patience so that I can take care of them. So that I can look after them for the rest of my life. Even if I ask Allah too, Neng, don’t let the children be taken first, don’t “I can still do it. I can still take care of them with my limitations. Don’t let them take them away, no, don’t,” he continued.
Good friends, the story of Alkha and Akhtar is just a piece of story out there that can remind us to continue to be grateful and never give up in facing all the problems that exist.
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