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WEB DESK: Nazia Tarikh Ahmed arrived in Mumbai from Karachi with only Rs80,000 to pay for the treatment of her 15 year old daughter. She was helped out by strangers in a foreign country.
Saba, Nazia’s daughter suffered from Wilson’s diseases, a rare disease where copper deposits in your bones and body, damaging your brain and liver.
On Sunday, May 17, an Indian news paper broke the news. The response was overwhelming. Citizens from Mumbai donated Rs450,000 for her treatment.
Now Nazia can afford to go through the treatment at Jaslok Hospital.
Doctor Abbha Nagral, Liver Specialist and Senior Gastroenterologist at Jaslok Hospital who is also treating Saba said that after the story was published, strangers reached the hospital to donate and this is how they managed to raise Rs 450,000.
Saba is doing well with the medication and for the first time she was taken to the Haji Ali shrine on a wheel chair. She still has a long way to go as this disease needs a life long treatment.
Ahmed showed her gratitude towards the residents and called them angels. “They helped us in the name of humanity,” she said. She added that her daughter is becoming happier now.
Shaba Walia, a social worker from Bluebells community said that Juhi Chawla, Bollywood actress donated Rs 25,000.
Kersi Dubash, another donor was one of the first to submit Rs 100,000. Dubash visits Pakistan every now and then as he owns a business here. He said that he was only returning the love and affection that he received in Pakistan.