Ailing Pakistani girl arrives in India for treatment

Published: October 31, 2015
Basma arrived in India on Thursday, is set to undergo treatment and surgery. PHOTO: TIMESOFOMAN

Basma arrived in India on Thursday, is set to undergo treatment and surgery. PHOTO: TIMESOFOMAN

A five-year-old Pakistani girl suffering from multiple disorders has arrived in India for treatment, after a report published about her prompted an overwhelming response.

Basma Mohammad Faisal, due to her multiple disorders, is in need of a liver transplant. Basma’s father, Mohammad Faisal Raza, a sales manager, said he has drained all his fortune on the treatment of his daughter during the past few years.

Ailing Pakistani girl in Oman flooded with offers of help

After hundreds of calls from Oman and UAE, some companies and private hospitals as well as his own company offered to help him, after which Raza was finally able to take his daughter to India.

“We are very happy that we are finally able to go to India for her treatment,” Raza said.

Basma boarded an Oman Air flight to Chennai, India, along with her parents, after being discharged from the Royal Hospital on Wednesday.

“We have arranged an ambulance for the little girl and another car for the family to come to the hospital from the airport,” Syed Zia Akhtar, assistant manager, International Patients Assistance Center, Global Health City said, adding that an apartment near the hospital has also been reserved for the family.

“Our liver transplant team has already gone through the reports for the patient. The child has a cirrhotic liver, with high serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). With a background problem in chronic liver disease, along with biliary system issues, it is essential for Basma to undergo a liver transplant operation,” he added.

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Basma’s father Raza said the little girl has become very weak in the last one week as she has not been consuming any food. “Let’s hope that she is cured so that we can return to Oman quickly,” he said.

Further, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in response to a Times of Oman tweet, “We have issued a visa for Basma’s surgery in India. We wish her a speedy recovery.”

The five-year-old has been incapable of eating food due to a blockage in the passageway connecting her liver to the pancreas.

Raza’s eldest daughter, Asfa Mohammed Faisal was also suffering from liver cirrhosis like Basma, and died in 2004. “At that time also, the doctors had suggested a liver transplant, but we could not afford her treatment and she died,” said Raza.

This article originally appeared on Times of Oman

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Reader Comments (23)

  • IT guy
    Oct 31, 2015 - 1:14PM

    I feel sooo bad for the Pakistani ppl that their Military is forcing the govt to spend all their money on Nukes and no money on Science and esp Medical Science.Recommend

  • indian
    Oct 31, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Indians got bigger hearts than pakistanis ;-)Recommend

  • Priyank
    Oct 31, 2015 - 1:23PM

    India should provide on arrival visa facility for life threatening medical reasons to all countries including pakistan or at least for children. Recommend

  • Pakistani Dude
    Oct 31, 2015 - 2:09PM

    Thank you India! Thank you Modi! We love you.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Oct 31, 2015 - 2:41PM

    May this young girl get a new Liver and recuperate fast. Hope she gets to lead a long fulfilling life. Recommend

  • Alam
    Oct 31, 2015 - 3:29PM

    So all these islamic countries does not even have good doctors…..Recommend

  • Milind
    Oct 31, 2015 - 3:47PM

    And ungrateful Pakistanis will continue to harp on the SHiv Sena incident.Recommend

  • Sushil
    Oct 31, 2015 - 4:29PM

    If the two countries are at peace, the common man will be much better.Recommend

  • Alien1
    Oct 31, 2015 - 4:40PM

    All pakistani muslims will only talk about shiva sena.Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Oct 31, 2015 - 4:42PM

    Wishing this cute little girl health, happiness and a bright future. You, my child, will return healthy.Recommend

  • pk
    Oct 31, 2015 - 4:58PM

    South India is brain of India with highly intelligent people. This region is rapidly developing and giving tough fight to silicon valley of America. But they are not martial race.Recommend

  • ashok
    Oct 31, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Hope Basma gets good treatment and recovers fast to lead a happy and fruitful life. Welcome to her parents.Wish common people,especially patients and tourists were able to travel across easily.Recommend

  • Shahid Afridi
    Oct 31, 2015 - 6:33PM

    I totally agree.Recommend

  • someone
    Oct 31, 2015 - 7:15PM

    What??? Is not govt. of Pakistan worried about security of Pakistanis in India??? How did they allow these people to go to India for treatment? Is not there a single brotherly “Islamic” country where she could have been treated???Recommend

  • Kickass
    Oct 31, 2015 - 9:38PM

    @IT guy:
    All I can say us that you need to have your eyes and brain replaced.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Oct 31, 2015 - 9:39PM

    Shame on underpass/ overhead boy.Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Oct 31, 2015 - 11:03PM

    The cost of wars, preparing for wars and the state of confrontation between India and Pakistan do not affect the leaders of the two countries. We often hear of a few hundred billion dollars of money fraudulently grabbed by the leaders of India and Pakistan stashed away in Swiss and other foreign bank accounts and invested in real state.

    In fact the cost of greed as well as aggressive postures of leaders of India and Pakistan have to be borne by the unfortunate masses of the two countries, who can least afford these.

    It is therefore in the interest of the masses to try The coto develop an atmosphere of peace and goodwill between the two countries and make serious efforts to persuade and pressure their leaders to make serious efforts and to take practical measures to achieve that instead of supporting and backing their aggressive postures.

    So, this Indian offer of liver transplant to this little Pakistani girl, and warm welcome to her and her family in India, as well as similar treatment given to a Pakistani boy earlier on, and this caring for Indian girl Geeta in Pakistan, are all noble deeds which deserve unqualified praise and appreciation.

    Keep up the good work.


  • Nope
    Nov 1, 2015 - 12:43AM

    A message to all Pakistanis and especially Muslims, in stead of reciting 5 times a day, invest that time and energy in education. You will make your life better . Learn something from Hindus and Christians .Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 1, 2015 - 2:27AM

    Best wishes and speedy recovery for you.Recommend

  • Sampath
    Nov 1, 2015 - 11:51AM

    These incidents (like the Geeta case or this hospital one) show everyone
    that we all are humans first and foremost and then Indians and Pakistanis.
    In Chennai they are not going to do bhangra or give big hugs to show
    affection but the family will be cared for in the best manner possible,
    May God give the child good health.Recommend

  • mulahrao
    Nov 1, 2015 - 11:59AM

    Grim Future Ahead for sick in Pakistan – Even if Paki Govt seriously starts working on this issue, it would take between 5-10 years before they can train good qualified experts as well as state of art infrastructure for hospitals. A few handful of specialists will not solve the problem for a large population in Pakistan. They have to train few hundred doctors …Recommend

  • Professor
    Nov 1, 2015 - 12:13PM

    Welcome sweet child, I hope that the doctors in India make you good as new. Recommend

  • Oberoi P
    Nov 1, 2015 - 12:15PM

    I presume she is being treated at Global Hospital in Chennai. It is one of the best in Asia for liver transplants. Get well Basma !!Recommend

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