She contacted local community leaders in sheer distress and frustration as she had wasted precious years getting her son “treated” at a religious shrine. The treatment regimen included offering prayers, wearing blessed amulets and wrist threads, and performing other rituals. Unfortunately, none of the treatments were based on science. In return, Aminaben had to work at the shrine and do tasks like washing, cleaning, and other household chores. Needless to say, her son showed no improvement but got worse.
Another reason she approached the community leaders was to seek help for her. While performing one of the chores, she fell down and injured her hip. This required hospital treatment and extensive home care, which the shrine was unable to or wanted to provide.