Mumbai residents donate Rs450,000 for Pakistani girl's treatment

Following a news report, various people came forward to help out 15-year-old Saba who suffers from Wilson's Disease


Web Desk June 01, 2015
PHOTO: MID DAY

Residents of Mumbai have raised Rs450,000 for the treatment of a Pakistani teenage girl suffering from Wilson’s Disease.

Nazia Tarikh Ahmed travelled to Mumbai from Karachi with only R80,000 to treat her 15-year-old daughter Saba.

Following a report by Indian newspaper Mid Day, residents of Mumbai raised money for Saba’s treatment at Jaslok Hospital.

“Soon after the article was published, total strangers approached the hospital with donations,” Dr Abbha Nagral, Liver Specialist and Senior Gastroenterologist at Jaslok Hospital, who is treating Saba, said.

“We managed to raise R450,000 which enabled us to sustain the medical expense of her treatment,” he added.

Nagral further said Saba is responding well to medication.

“Though she has her frequent ups and downs, there is an overall improvement in her health,” her mother said.

“However, she still has a long way to go and will require lifelong medication,” Nazia said.

Nazia is raising her three children as a single mother after her husband remarried and left them.

“The donors in Mumbai are angels who extended help in our hour of need. Saba was in total depression when we came here, but has become a happier person, in spite of being bedridden. She was very happy to seek blessings at Haji Ali Dargah,” the mother of three said.

According to Shabia Walia, a social worker from the Bluebells Community, a donor, Kersi Dubash, was the first to donate money to the hospital.

“I have a textile business in Pakistan and visit the country often. I am just returning the love and affection I get there,” he said.

This article originally appeared on Mid Day

COMMENTS (52)

sana | 5 years ago | Reply Thanks to god for help n all contribution
sana | 5 years ago | Reply Hi ..all Hindustani and pakistani ..being human is the best humanity which is next to godliness by god grace all have understood the pain behind 15 years old girl saba n still she is smiling n have great will power..thinking positive n love for for all will give results in her treatment.. I have personal ly visited e baby ..as I m going thru same conditions wth my 10 years old daughter struggling wth smile after she was effected by rare virus Japanese encephalitis damaged her left brain n right ..4 months in hosp..45 day in ventilator wth tricotomy .she survived ..aft semi coma stage..wth prayers n support ventilator..but now suffering dystonia ..n on wheelchair ..wth her hands foot ..mouth tongue effected..motor disorde ..both fever n dystonia no trearmnt ...speech lost, involuntary body movmnt .still on nose tube feed last aug 2014 onwards swallow effected, mouth remain open n tongue out ..she started recognition ..n understanding by god grace n we parents stimulation to brain ..botox done..waiting wth prayers but no social n political authority n ministers came for help aft plea n left us on own struggling.. So saba baby reminds my baby smile n my baby nickname is sana .godbless n heal rhem..lots of blessing for growin girls.
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