The Humans of New York Facebook page is one of the most popular pages on the site and very often the touching stories shared on it go viral. Now the story of a Pakistani mother, who left an abusive relationship and suffers from Hepatitis C has seen an outpouring of support on Facebook with strangers offering to help the woman in the picture.
The HONY page carried the following personal story from the woman, who is based in Lahore, Pakistan: “I left an abusive relationship and I have nowhere to go. I have Hepatitis C, so no one is willing to take me in. I don’t know how long I will live. I tried to give her up for adoption so that she’d have a good home. The wife of a minister told me about a place where I could drop her off. But when I got there, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.”
The photo was followed by another of the one of the same woman with a man who said that he was trying to help the mother and child, even though he himself has a meagre income of Rs 2500.
The second post that was shared said, “I’m trying to help her figure out her future. I was working at the Sunday market, and she asked me for help setting up a stand of her own. She told me about her story and showed me her bruises and marks. I’m trying to help her all I can, but my means are limited. My own income is only 2500 rupees a week and I’m getting engaged next week. I’m trying to set up a committee to donate blood because she really needs it.”
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The story saw an outpouring of response on Facebook from Pakistani citizen several of whom offered help for the woman.
One user Fareeha Sufder wrote, “OMG I have a clinic in Lahore …a charity clinic. We have helped many hepatitis C patients. Please send her contact info!!!!! We can help her.”
Another user by the name of Luqman Khan, wrote “I live in lahore, give me her number, or address maybe. I want to help her..”
And yet another Facebook user named Saima Sharif wrote on the page, “My bro is a doctor. He can help her get free treatment as I am from Lahore too. How can I help?? Any contact?”
Last the HONY page issued a new updated saying that they have located the woman and put her in touch with those who wished to help her.
A new post shared on the page notes, “In order to streamline that process, we created a new email account for all such offers. She is hoping for someone who can help connect her with services, as opposed to cash donations. If you believe you can help this woman with accommodation and/or medical treatment, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
With HONY this is not the first story to go viral. Earlier this year, the page’s author had shared heart-breaking photos of a young gay teen who said he was worried about his future because of his sexuality and the fact that people would not like him. The photo had seen responses from Hillary Clinton, The Ellen DeGeneres show offering the boy some words of encouragement.