Stranded visitor gives birth in UAE, family now faces mounting bills and paperwork

Stranded visitor, gives birth, UAE, family, faces, mounting bills, paperwork

Dubai - Without an attested marriage certificate, Mossana has been unable to obtain the birth certificate for his daughter.

By Nandini Sircar

Published: Sun 28 Jun 2020, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 29 Jun 2020, 10:07 PM

Indian expat Mohammed Mosanna Khan brought his pregnant wife and mother to Dubai for a short visit after his father died - little did he know, circumstances would change in snap. His wife Najreen gave birth on June 15.
As the couple happily welcomed their first-born, they also had to worry about tonnes of paperwork and the hospital bills they had to settle.
Without an attested marriage certificate, Mossana has been unable to obtain the birth certificate for his daughter. So, last week, he decided to seek help from the Indian Consulate in Dubai.
Consulate officers and their team have time and gain stepped forward to support Indians in the country, especially during trying circumstances.  
Neeraj Agarwal, consul for Press, information and culture at the Consulate-General of India in Dubai, said: "We are very keen on assisting people and any couple who are faced with exceptional circumstances and whatever documentation is required to facilitate the process, we are more than happy to help such cases from our end."
A letter was promptly issued to Mossana so that officials could expedite the process of registering his daughter's birth.
However, the expat said the issue is yet to be resolved.
"I have received a letter from the consulate so that I can obtain the birth certificate of my daughter. But, today, when I showed it to the hospital, I have received only a birth notification. Actually, without the birth certificate, authorities are unable to open my child's file and even the infant's immunisation keeps getting deferred," he said.
Bills to pay
Coupled with this, he is faced with another situation. Without any comprehensive insurance for his wife, hospital bills have been mounting for the family.
"Najreen delivered on June 15 at a hospital in Sharjah and we are so happy to welcome our first born. But I'm struggling to find relief to the financial problems that I am faced with currently," Mossana said.
"We were hoping for a normal delivery as my wife got admitted to the hospital on the 13th after she developed labour pains. But unfortunately, when the normal delivery didn't happen, the hospital was compelled to take the next step, which is C-section, as waiting any longer would have either risked the mother or the child's health. My tentative bill already shows an amount of Dh20,000." 

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