Woman's heartbreaking story inspires action after post shared by 'Humans of New York'


Jenny Noyes

This woman's heartbreaking story triggered an outpouring of support from people wishing to help.

This woman's heartbreaking story triggered an outpouring of support from people wishing to help. Photo: Facebook/Humans of New York

It's a heartbreaking story with a hopeful ending - thanks to the powerful influence of social media. 

On Thursday, Humans of New York shared a photo of a Pakistani woman carrying her young daughter, both dressed in buttercup yellow. The daughter stares, wide-eyed and curious, into the camera. The woman is crying.

"I left an abusive relationship and I have nowhere to go," the caption reads. "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 post was shared more than 38,000 times on Facebook and attracted more than 20,000 comments - many from people who desperately wanted to help this woman. 

"I live in lahore and I'm more than willing to help her," one commenter said. "Her tears just broke my heart. This park seems familiar to me. Brandon, can you please tell any more details about her?"

Another commenter 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."

On Friday, Humans of New York posted good news for all those concerned.

We have located the woman from yesterday's post, and are in contact with her. We also have someone in Lahore who is...

Posted by Humans of New York on  Friday, 14 August 2015

Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York, is currently travelling through Pakistan and sharing images and stories from people there.

After the outpouring of support sparked by the original post, he tracked down the woman in the photograph and put her in contact with people who can help her. An email address has also been set up to manage the offers of help flowing in.

"Based on the outpouring of offers and support from yesterday," Stanton wrote, "hopefully we can help her heal and get back on her feet."

Faith in humanity restored, at least for today.