Charity beyond borders: Indian NGO raises funds for Pakistani girl’s treatment

BY DAWN.COM

MUMBAI: As tensions between India and Pakistan run high and leaders from either side lock horns over a range of political differences, a rare act of kindness from across the border might have changed a Pakistani girl’s life forever.

An Indian non-governmental organisation (NGO) has raised almost Indian Rs1.3 million in funds for the treatment of a young Pakistani girl, who suffers from Wilson’s disease — a rare genetic disorder, said a reportpublished on The Time of India.

Saba Tariq Ahmed, a 15-year-old Karachi resident, returned home along with her mother Nazia, after undergoing treatment for the disorder — that results in poisonous accumulation of copper in the body — at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai.

TOI quoted Jaslok hospital CEO Dr Taran Gainchandani as saying: “Saba and her mother, Nazia, boarded an afternoon flight for Karachi. They were extremely happy about how well the treatment worked for Saba.”

According to the report, Saba’s family was assisted financially for her treatment twice between April and October, 2015.

In April-May, an NGO, Bluebells Community, raised INR 700,000 from Mumbai citizens. “But Saba did not respond too well to the regularly prescribed medicines for Wilson’s disease,” TOI quoted liver specialist Dr Aabha Nagral, who has been treating the teen, as saying.

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