Day 10: 4.08.2010
Today we went about the laborious process of reassembling Sana's documents, lost as they were when the police raided the dharna sthal on August 2. This took all day, with the help of Arun Paswan, an aide of Ram Vilas Paswan, and involved much standing in interminable queues of people all seeking medical attention at AIIMS. There was much pushing and shoving, some elbowing, anxious patients with bandaged body parts trying to avoid re-injuring themselves, patients groaning on stretchers that cut a glacially slow path between the solid walls of people standing back to back in knots around each door in the hallways. Sakina and Sana were both delightful, assertive, and funny, taking the edge off the day's endless waiting, for re-filling forms, re-diagnosing Sana, and trying to get her an appointment for surgery that wouldn't give her throat tumor three more years to go. Sana smiled broadly through the day, croaking jokes in her wheezing, barely preserved voice, clambering around her mother as she talked. Sakina dresses Sana in boys' clothes, and with a refreshing simplicity, she says she prefers the way Sana looks in boys clothes, and the way it enables her to play around and not feel shy around boys. In this and other ways she's an interesting and spirited woman, completely committed to getting her children treated and educated, but strongly motivated to keep life upbeat and full in the midst of the sickness inflicted upon her family.