Helping hand: Newborn girl makes miraculous recovery in 22 days

Published: October 30, 2013
Fatima Zehra, who is only 28 days old, made a miraculous recovery from her heart condition. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Fatima Zehra, who is only 28 days old, made a miraculous recovery from her heart condition. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Twenty-eight-day old Fatima Zehra made a miraculous recovery on Tuesday after fighting for her life at a private hospital for the past 22 days.

She was born with a condition that had left her trachea and oesophagus connected and her heart on the right side instead of the left. Doctors had told the family that she needed to be operated within three days otherwise her survival chances would be extremely low. They needed Rs500,000 for the operation, which her father, Junaid, an electrician by profession, could not afford.

The news of the child’s plight was telecast by a team of Express News. The news received an overwhelming response from viewers and donations started pouring in for the child’s treatment. The team got Fatima admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital where she was operated and subsequently kept in the NICU for 12 days. Around Rs850,000 were spent on the complete treatment.

“We could never have imagined that people would be willing to donate such a large amount for the treatment of our daughter,” said Fatima’s 29-year-old father.

The child’s mother, Abida, said, “I was longing to hold my daughter in my arms as she has been in the hospital since she was three days old. Today, I am very happy to be taking her home with me.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • x
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:40AM

    Aww she’s precious! May Allah give her health, happiness, success and good fortune.


  • Name
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:51AM

    Could the hospitals not done this on their own ? What happened to the Hippocratic oath ?


  • bangash
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:21AM

    God bless all who contributed to the treatment of this little person.


  • Tahir
    Oct 30, 2013 - 4:59AM

    Humanity is still out there.


  • m.
    Oct 30, 2013 - 7:14AM

    Awesome. Good Work everyone!


  • unbiased
    Oct 30, 2013 - 10:03AM

    thats now changed to hypocritical oath !!!!


  • Oct 30, 2013 - 10:53AM

    @Name :
    You must be joking, hospital and their administration have no feelings left. The bigger the name of the hospital, the less humanity is there.


  • Ali Raza
    Oct 30, 2013 - 11:08AM

    I know how this feels, have been in a similar situation myself. Reading this story reminds me of the same tough days I’ve been through in the beginning of this year. I am happy for the parents of Fatima Zehra that they have finally taken their daughter back home. May Allah bless all those who donated for the cause and give all of us the opportunity to be a part of such causes.


  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Oct 30, 2013 - 11:22AM

    Where was Agha Khan pateint’s welfare fund???????? Is it for a specific group pf people?


  • waseem sarwar
    Oct 30, 2013 - 11:42AM

    stay healthy little angel.


  • Shani
    Oct 30, 2013 - 12:46PM

    May Allah bless all those who donated for this noble cause & stay healthy little angel


  • Anum Keshodia
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:31PM


    May Allah bless all those who came forward to help, aameen!

    May Allah make this child coolness of her parents’eyes, aameen!


  • Salman Hussain
    Oct 30, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Where is “Save the Child” NGO who advertised to showing they are saving Millions Children in single day????Recommend

  • Shahrukh
    Oct 31, 2013 - 7:42AM

    @Name: Doctors take the Hippocratic oath. Others involved from the OR technicians to the hospital administrators don’t. There have been instances where the surgeons have operated for free, the bill for hospital stay, nursing care and medications is still huge. If only you thought for two seconds before typing and lashing at the doctors who saved this girls life. Sigh.


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