Finding hope: Indians shower unexpected love and support upon afflicted Pakistani teenager

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Saba Tariq

MUMBAI: Indian citizens raise funds to save life of a Pakistani girl suffering from Wilson’s disease.

According to media reports, 16-year-old, Saba Tariq is a Pakistani girl who is suffering from Wilson’s disease which is a rare genetic disorder. Saba is currently admitted in a hospital in Mumbai.

Saba who hails from Karachi received much acceptance from India citizens who have been raising funds for her treatment. According to estimates about one million Indian rupees is needed for her treatment. One million Indian rupees are approximately 1.57 million Pakistani rupees. So far, Indians have generated 400,000 Indian rupees approximately 626,976 Pakistani Rupees.

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Meanwhile, tensions rise between leaders of India and Pakistan; Indian citizens are increasingly donating money for Saba’s treatment; among them are Jayesh Vora and Mehul Doshi who have donated 200,000 Indian rupees approximately 313,559 Pakistani rupees.

Jayesh Vora while talking to The Express Tribune over the phone told that he read about the ill Pakistani teen in the newspaper and that her family can not afford the treatment expenses. “I have told Saba’s mother that we won’t let them go until Saba is fine.”

Vora also said, “I wanted to convey a message to Pakistani citizens that Indians were just like them and that they were with them in their time of need, and dispel the preconceived notions that all Indians are like this and all Pakistanis are like that.”

On the other hand, mother of the afflicted child, Nazia while talking to The Express Tribune said that she has received enormous love and support from the Indians. “I’ve never felt that I’m away in another country. They always make me feel at home here in India. There is no proper treatment of this disease in Pakistan, so we had to bring her to India.”

According to Nazia, she first took Saba to India earlier in May for a period of 45 days. “I was scared, as Indians don’t like us much. But my views changed. They are very loving.” Nazia and Saba reached India once again last week and has received an overwhelming response since then. “I hope more people contribute so that my girl can come back home fit and fine.”

Dr Abha Nagral of the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, who is treating Saba told that the medicines needed for Saba’s treatment would be imported from the UK and the US, which is the reason for cost and noteworthy delay in her treatment. “Her condition is stable but there’s room for improvement.”