The Poor State of Healthcare in Afghanistan in the The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Introduction The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. The story takes place in Afghanistan and America, is a tale of Amir, a Pashtun fellow who realizes his childhood mistakes and begins a journey to emend them. Hosseini commenced inditing the novel in 2001 while practicing medicine and his cognizance about health care is limpidly reflected in the novel as there is a wide array of instances where the characters face medical related conflicts in their lives. Moreover, these conflicts have paramount impact in the development of the plot. As the story unfolds, Amir loses his mother during labor. Additionally, her death proposes the poor condition of neonatal care for women in Afghanistan. Hassan who works as servant in Amir’s house and his best friend has upper cleft lip. Amir compares his appearance to a Chinese doll and mention his lip “where Chinese doll maker’s instruments may have slipped” (Hosseini 4). Eventually, he gets it fixed when Baba summons “Dr.Kumar from New Delhi” (4). Moreover, his decision of calling a plastic surgeon from India exhibits the scarcity of good doctors in their native country. Ali, who is Hassan’s father and servant in their house suffers from “congenital paralysis of ... lower facial muscles, a condition that rendered him unable to smile and left him perpetually grim faced” (9). Also, Polio “ had left Ali with a twisted, atrophied leg that was sallow skin over bone with little in between except a

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