Muktamoni, who has been suffering from a rare disease that resulted in a malignant growth on her right arm, has returned home after undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital for more than five months.
She arrived at her native home in Bayesha Village of Satkhira around 7:30pm in an ambulance.
Relatives and neighbours came to meet and greet the 11-year-old girl as soon as she arrived home. Hundreds of people and a number of media professionals had also gathered there.
Muktamoni's father Ibrahim Hossain, mother Asma Khatun and younger brother Al Amin accompanied her.
“We began our journey to Satkhira around 7am last Friday, and arrived at my home around 7:30pm. The journey lasted over 12 hours, and we are very tired,” Ibrahim told the Dhaka Tribune over the phone.
He added: “Doctors released Muktamoni last Thursday (December 21), and gave us Tk10,000 for ambulance rent and medicine.
“DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit Coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen kept in touch with us over phone, and had instructed us to visit Dhaka for a checkup after a month”
Thanking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for helping to treat his daughter, Muktamoni’s father said: “My daughter’s treatment would not have been possible without the support of the honourable prime minister.”
Meanwhile, giving her reaction to returning home, Muktamoni said: “I have returned after more than five months, and I am elated. I was homesick when I was in Dhaka.”
Muktamoni added that she missed Hiramoni, her twin sister, while she was away.
“I am very happy to return home and to able to see everyone again,” she added.