Leukaemia patient hopes to live on

DUBAI — It was a fateful day in 2001 when the apparently hale and hearty Mukhtar Ahmed was diagnosed with leukaemia.

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Published: Fri 16 Jun 2006, 11:27 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:22 PM

"I was a happily married man, but since the diagnosis, my life has been made miserable because I am just begging money from people so that I can live another few years," he said.

At present, 31-year-old Mukhtar is getting treatment at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Pakistan and the bill has been given as Rs150,000. "I belong to a low-salaried class, and I cannot afford the treatment. Though I do not have a huge family to take care of, I think, I do not deserve to die at this age," added Mukhtar.

With a complete backing from the Pakistan Association in Dubai, Mukhtar hopes that someone will hold his hand, and say "do not worry, everything will be ok." Already his brother has offered to be the donor.

According to Dr Neelam Siddique, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Head of Department, SKMCH and RC, "By 2003, Mukhtar's disease (Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia) had reached an accelerated phase and he has been referred to CMH Rawalpindi."

"We had the cross-matching done and our HLA matched luckily. My brother is ready to donate his bone marrow to save my life," said the young man. "My life has become miserable now. Deformities in my hand and feet have started striking, and bleeding due to piles has also become uncontrollable," he added. The operation will be carried out in CMH Rawalpindi. "With the help of Pakistan Association in Dubai, I have already managed to collect Rs500,000," said Mukhtar.

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