Palestinian seeks aid for liver transplant

DUBAI — Yousef Aouni Shahin, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, who was diagnosed with extensive liver tumours, secondary to a condition called Hemangion Endothelioma (a very rare disease) is in need of financial assistance to pay for a liver transplant.

By Mahmoud Ali

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2005, 10:13 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:27 PM

The 28-year-old Palestinian — who is in Lebanon — has pleaded to charity organisations and businessmen in the UAE to help him cover the expenses involved in the surgery — estimated at $75,000.

“I seek help from people in the UAE. The operation is delicate and it should be done as soon as possible,” said Shahin.

Diagnosed by doctors at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre, Shahin was told that he had a month to get the liver transplant in order to save his life.

Dr Mohammed Khalifa, Director of Liver Transplant and HPB Unit at American University of Beirut Medical Centre, said: “Shahin was diagnosed with extensive liver tumours, which are occupying most of the patient’s liver, but it has not yet spread." Unfortunately, Shahin has not been able to raise the $75,000 for the surgery. “I am suffering from a rare, lethal liver tumour, and my problem is that I need the money not to continue my life but to prevent death.

"I call upon all those in the UAE who can help me out, and fervently hope that they would help me afford this life-saving surgery. I am asking for your help as a Palestinian refugee who does not have anyone to turn to for help,” Shahin pleaded.

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