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Dubai doctor donates hair at live webinar on breast cancer

Dr Keya Rahul volunteers to donate 12 inches of her hair while participating in a first of-its-kind webinar in the UAE.

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Published: Tue 29 Oct 2013, 12:12 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:47 PM

An Indian doctor in Dubai gave the touch of a ‘reality show’ to a breast cancer awareness seminar which was webcast live for hundreds of people by donating hair for a charity making wigs for breast cancer patients and survivors. Dr Keya Rahul S, a specialist gynaecologist volunteered to donate 12 inches of her hair while she was participating in a first of-its-kind webinar in the UAE organised by Aster Medical Centres.

Dr Keya who works with the Aster Plus Medical Centre in Business Bay, was part of a panel of experts in the seminar which included Premi Mathew, founder of ‘Hair for Hope, India’ campaign page on Facebook.

When Mathew described how healthy women can support cancer-hit women who would be losing their hair after chemotherapy, by donating their hair to them, Dr Keya expressed her willingness to donate her hair.

The flow of the seminar which was attended by over 120 women from the Al Khail Gate community and more than 400 others who watched it live on the Internet, took a sudden turn when Mathew invited Dr. Keya to donate her hair right in the middle of the seminar. Playing a good sport, Dr. Keya accepted the invitation.

Thara Abraham, chairperson of the Ladies Wing of Al Khail Gate Malayalee Association (Akgma) which tied up with Aster for their annual breast cancer awareness drive, helped Mathew cut Dr Keya’s hair.

“It (donating hair) was always on my mind. I had done it once in India some 10 years back. But, I had no clue where I could do it in Dubai,” said Dr Keya, who came to Dubai nearly three years ago.

She said she is happy to bring back the smile on the faces of three or four women as Hair for Hope would be making about four wigs with her long, thick hair.

“It is for a noble cause and it is the only thing that you can donate without any medical aid or cost involved.”

Dr Mahendra Rajan, Specialist General and Laproscopic Surgeon, Aster Hospital, Bur Dubai; Dr Astha Mishra, Specialist Gynaecologist, Aster Medical Centre, Al Qouz; Dr Usha Sethi, Specialist Gynaecologist, Aster Plus Medical Centre, Tecom 3 in Barsha also actively participated in the seminar.

A free screening was done for the participating women from Akgma. Six of them won a well-woman package from Aster.

The seminar that was recorded live and can be watched on the link

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