Dh140,000 in unpaid medical bills till now

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Dh140,000 in unpaid medical bills till now

The plight of 24-year-old Farhan Hussain is heart wrenching. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, the young Indian man is confined to the walls of the haematology ward at Dubai Hospital.


Muaz Shabandri

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Published: Thu 18 Jul 2013, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:44 PM

Farhan has already racked up Dh140,000 in unpaid medical bills and his treatment has to continue for six more months before being taken for a bone marrow transplant to a specialist healthcare facility in India or Turkey.

Awaiting relief ... Farhan Hussain at the hospital. — Supplied photo

With six more chemotherapy sessions, Farhan has a long way to go in his fight against cancer and his 58-year-old father, Abrar Hussain Shaikh, is making every effort to raise funds for the treatment.

“Before all these problems started, I was a self-sustained man. I never had to spread my hands and ask for money from anyone. For more than 40 years we have lived a life of dignity and happiness. These are testing times for us and I hope Allah will show us a way out of our misery,” says Abrar, who is a retired bus driver.

Doing odd jobs as a mechanic, the father’s meager income is barely enough to feed a family of six. His eldest son has also remained without a job for over a year now and the family’s problems seem to multiply with each passing day.

Farhan’s mother is facing her own crisis as she has been diagnosed with a thyroid complication forcing her to go to India for treatment.

Faced with difficulties from every corner, the family is not giving up hope. They have knocked on the doors of charity organisations in the UAE and are hoping people will come forward to pay for the treatment. Finding money for the much-needed bone marrow transplant remains a distant worry. “The hospital has been very supportive in treating Farhan and the chemotherapy sessions will continue for a few more months. We hope to raise funds and pay the bills by the end of his treatment,” said Abrar.

With little money left in the house after paying for his children’s upkeep and regular medicines, the family is in dire need of financial help for the treatment.

To help the family, send an e-mail to news@khaleejtimes.com.

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