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

Published: June 1, 2015
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PHOTO: MID DAY

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

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  • vijay ramesh
    Jun 1, 2015 - 5:01PM

    Excellent news from Bombay, India. Yes we all know how big hearted people live in India specially at times of crises. Till now many lives have bee saved by such people alone. In times of crises we never think of our ‘nationality’ and just come forth to help. For mother Nazia Ahmed this will be a life long experience to cherish. We all wish Saba a long life filled with happiness. Recommend

  • shibly
    Jun 1, 2015 - 5:01PM

    Although they are not related to me but there are no words for this help, Salute to great Indians, wish Pakistanis reciprocate this in same manner.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 1, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Thank you Mumbai. Recommend

  • Zafar
    Jun 1, 2015 - 6:50PM

    Thank you Friends of humanity. May Allah reward you on the Day of judgement.

    A much better way to deal with each other than picking up guns, missiles and submarines.

    Thank u again.Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Jun 1, 2015 - 6:55PM

    Wishing the child a speedy recovery. She is in good hands.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jun 1, 2015 - 6:58PM

    Long Live Humanity! Recommend

  • Asadullah
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:04PM

    God bless the generosity of the people of Mumbai.
    Perhaps there is hope yet.
    Thank you.

    A humbled pakistaniRecommend

  • Noman
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:08PM

    This is how people defeat politicians and their hate propaganda! Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Thank you Mumbai! Thank you India! There is still hope in humanity.Recommend

  • Asadullah
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:09PM

    God Bless the generous people of Mumbai.
    There is hope yet.

    As a Pakistani I am humbled by your gesture.

    I hope we can reciprocate in the same way one day.

    Thank You Mumbai,

    A Pakistani.Recommend

  • kulwant singh
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:11PM

    Happy to see the child smiling, may God keep her smiling, I will pray for her and also request the people of Mumbai to donate generously for her treatment.Recommend

  • Mustafa
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:15PM

    I know deep down India and Pakistan love each other. Recommend

  • Lailajee
    Jun 1, 2015 - 7:38PM

    Remarkable behavior demonstrated by the people of Bombay, its love, not hate, that’s needed to move forward. Recommend

  • usman777
    Jun 1, 2015 - 8:02PM

    this gave me goosebumps… i am gonna give the next india i see a hug.Recommend

  • sssj
    Jun 1, 2015 - 8:51PM

    now this warms the heart, pakistanis should be humbled with such a great gesture of our neighboursRecommend

  • Azeem Mohmmed
    Jun 1, 2015 - 9:56PM

    My request to gaurdian of the child to contact Ratan Tata Trust in Mumbai.Sure They Will Help.They Help Everyone.Office Is in Fort..To reach there some formalities r there.Just Take a letter from treating doctor from Jaslok Hospital and submit there.They will sanction 2-to 6 lakhs depend upon doctors advice.Sure i;d have met Sabah if i knew This before.I was in Jaslok hospital for my daughters treatment few days back.Get wel soon SABA.Recommend

  • yyoo
    Jun 1, 2015 - 10:07PM

    Humanity: beautiful face of nature Recommend

  • ankur
    Jun 1, 2015 - 10:10PM

    opefully my pakistani brothers remember these are the same people “HERO” Dr Professor Engg hafeez saeed sahab attacked. good on you mumbai. it indeed is the city of rich( by heart) people. may god bless the city with more prosperity.it deserves itRecommend

  • zubair
    Jun 1, 2015 - 11:18PM

    thanksRecommend

  • Adeel
    Jun 1, 2015 - 11:27PM

    Dont forget how people contributed to Ansar Burney trust – which brought heaps of Indians out of Somalian Pirates.
    Humanity wins here,Recommend

  • M Fazlur Rahman
    Jun 1, 2015 - 11:29PM

    Will my pakistani brothers now come to their senses and realize that the enemy is nit India but the devils like Jamate Islami and other mullah jamats that live among us.Recommend

  • fawad
    Jun 1, 2015 - 11:50PM

    After Mumbai attack, this news confirms that answer to hate is love and compassion. Recommend

  • Arshad Javaid
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:05AM

    Loads of respect and gratitude to the generous folk of Mumbai. May your families be blessed with happiness and prosperity. Ameen Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:58AM

    Great People Live n Mumbai, India. Love u All ThanksRecommend

  • Assad
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:20AM

    @fawad:
    Thanks to our friends in Mumbai. Also to your point, not all Pakistanis are Ajmal Kassab. Our friends in India also need to know this that millions of Pakistanis do not wake up thinking of bringing ruin upon India and Indians. In response to this kindness, Indians have our best wishes!Recommend

  • MSS
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:30AM

    There is a lot of goodness around, we must encourage it to prosper. Best wishes and speedy recovery to the child.Recommend

  • optimist
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:46AM

    Indians and Pakistanis have lot of good will and love here in London and I have seen that in Dubai too. People of both countries are known for their hospitality to each other, even when they disagree on issues.
    .
    This story is just one. Media needs to highlight some more stories like this. Maybe government of Pakistan should give few scholarships to Indian students??Recommend

  • Shakti
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:57AM

    Finally a feelgood story about India and Pakistan!! My eyes welled up at the gesture of the people of Mumbai and also the plight of the child. I hope we make it an experience that will stay with her all her life!Recommend

  • sridhar
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:18AM

    Yes, you give Pakistanis money, they give you back terror.
    The best way you can thank people of Mumbai is to prosecute the terrorists who caused mayheim in Mumbai in 2008.
    Anything else is just a charade.Recommend

  • Bashir
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:19AM

    Love for all. Hatred for noneRecommend

  • mumbaikar
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:21AM

    There should be more such stories published in india- pakistan media. Hate will drive us no where, obviously we have suspicion for each other in strategic sphere but relation need not be always hostile, gradually politicians from both the sides can be driven to maintain cordial inter country relationship, just remember we are artificially separated by border, which never existed for most part of history and its been only 70 yrs that we have been separated. Totally love the humanitarian gestures when such things happen.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 10:08AM

    @sridhar:
    when there is a news of good gesture people like you never forgets to bring in the bitterness with such comments, first check out the details of Mumbai attack and samjhota express, and u r crying for a terrorist attack, check out the statistics Pakistan have suffered more than india??? did we ever cry the way u find way to blame Pakistan, ok for the sake of argument Mumbai attack was carried out by Pakistan then what about hundred and thousands of attacks in Pakistan yearly, u stop sending terrorist to Pakistan then ask us to stop unproven ”so called terrorism”.btw we have rescued you citizens from ghaza, and never asked u to please stop sending terrorist since we have saved ur civilians..cus that was a good gesture and was unconditional…Recommend

  • john
    Jun 2, 2015 - 10:22AM

    what is meaning of such medical tourism if india has to bear costs of such foreigneers!!! indian government should take and assure full money on these peoples before allowing to enter them in india. why these family need to go india and not arab or not china!!! these peoples are bringing shame to pakistan.Recommend

  • Zafar Butt
    Jun 2, 2015 - 10:32AM

    Thank you INDIA, Respect….:)Recommend

  • Point
    Jun 2, 2015 - 11:03AM

    Thank you India :) Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 11:40AM

    Humanity prevails….after all the bitter relationship and sparing no moments for spewing venom against each other.. it suggests that people of both countries want friendship but the stakeholders never let this happen coz of their devious motives.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 2, 2015 - 11:41AM

    Thank you India. thank you Kersi for living upto what people say – Parsi thy name is charity. I belong to the same community and feel proud of Kersi. Not to mention a big salute to all the Indians who came forward to help save a life. May God bless you all.Recommend

  • True karachiwala
    Jun 2, 2015 - 11:55AM

    Salam to Hazrat Haji Ali. Thanks and love to India, specially to Mumbai !!!Recommend

  • Naren
    Jun 2, 2015 - 12:25PM

    @john:
    No self respecting person likes the charity. But when it is a question of life and death, life is more important than money. If you do not have a life, where you are going to spend that money. Smile of that kid is more precious than medical business. Get well soon, Kid! and live a healthy life to the fullest. God bless you.
    Naren,
    MumbaiRecommend

  • Rizwan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Even if our politicians and nationalists hate each other, we the common folk do not have to. Thanks to our friends in Mumbai!Recommend

  • DG
    Jun 2, 2015 - 1:55PM

    As the famous poet Kazi Nazrul Islam mentioned in his famous poem Bidrohi (Rebel) – “I embrace my enemy and wrestle with death”.

    Enemies of today can be friends of tomorrow but we need to fight death. That to together.

    Before defining friends and enemies it would be good to learn from our common ancestors and great minds – the reservoirs of knowledge they have created.

    We have good humans in all societies and some bad elements. It is not a good sign to typecast societies as is done now.

    Culturing and nurturing differences create enemies, nurturing and culturing common points make friends. Choose your path.

    We have never defined Pakistan as our enemy officially, in fact most Govt feel that along with Pakistan, we can create greater opportunities.

    We do not have military only focused on Pakistan but focused on protecting the boundaries from abuse.

    I feel good that India is still able to contribute in a little way towards saving lives, providing openings for artists, small businesses and players. India and its opportunities are there for the region to make their economy and health better (definitely they can surpass India).

    Just like any human India also has some goods and some bads (anyway these are relative parameters bsed on individual country perspective). No country can say that there are pure good and that too for all countries. Let the countries accept each other as they are and build relationship. It will help countries and it will help the societies and people in a greater way.

    Question is “can we do it ?” not if we designate India as a enemy country officially !!!!

    Not sure if this will pass through the censor. Hope it does for the common goodRecommend

  • Noor
    Jun 2, 2015 - 4:15PM

    @john So the image of country is being affected here? The child needs help and you should thank Indian people for that. Nothing is more important than saving a precious life. Only those who have patients with such diseases know the agony especially when they do not have money for the treatment. Image of country would improve only and when instead of spending money on tanks, bombs and military, health is given some attention, but people have never been priority of the government and military regimes.Recommend

  • Just a human.
    Jun 2, 2015 - 4:59PM

    India and especially Mumbai has better Medical facilities than Pakistan. It is good that these facilities are open to a neighboring country. It is good to know that better sense prevails, it is good to know and learn a small child is being treated with the good will of neighbors and the skill of their doctors. I think this is the real relationship that India and Pakistan can hope for, can promote. This is not the first time that Indian doctors have treated a patient from Pakistan. I hope this goodness continues and the child improves in health. Recommend

  • Brar
    Jun 2, 2015 - 8:29PM

    @Noor: Never care what the hate mongers say, the smile on the face of this child is more important, life is more important than money. May God bless the child with good health , you should also pray for her instead of taking note of such people who are very small in numbers.Recommend

  • Afzal
    Jun 3, 2015 - 4:20AM

    Hooray, love and respect to humanitarian gesture of great Mumbai people.

    Pakistan should also realise that we need to establish such advanced medical centres in Pakistan. In logical terms no country can be be expected to provide free treatment to patients from other countries on a large scale. Buy one less F16 and that would generate enough money to run a state of the art Liver unit which would in addition save patients the distress of travelling abroad.

    Thank you again India.Recommend

  • SGJ007
    Jun 3, 2015 - 9:20AM
  • Joe
    Jun 3, 2015 - 11:27AM

    @Noman:
    Those who donated are all BJP supporters. Correct your prejudice.Recommend

  • Farrukh
    Jun 4, 2015 - 8:57PM

    The news made my day….. Thank you Mumbai….. Good people live every where and they must overcome idiots like Politicians….Recommend

  • Ali (Lahore)
    Jun 12, 2015 - 1:51AM

    This is not the first time Indians helped Pakistani patients….there are so many cases where Indian doctors waived and reduced hospital fees to assist Pakistani patients…Recommend

  • satin
    Aug 25, 2015 - 4:42PM

    I wonder by looking at response above. But i dont understand why All the pakistani followers here kept quite when very hard,vanums speach from people from your military and other agency.I u know that india in not an enemy of pakistan then why common people also give and fell heat about india????????????????Recommend

  • sana
    Sep 5, 2015 - 6:02PM

    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.Recommend

  • sana
    Sep 5, 2015 - 6:04PM

    Thanks to god for help n all contributionRecommend

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