Media reports indicate that doctors at Gurgaon's Medanta Midicity Hospital successfully operated a nine-year-old Pakistani boy, suffering from a chronic liver disease, and discharged today on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Ali Shaheer Malik, who hails from Pakistan's Lahore city, was suffering from Familial Cholestasis and went into a state of semi-coma. He was brought to the Medanta Medicity Hospital here in a critical condition.
The boy's uncle Kashif Malik decided to donate a part of his liver that led to a successful surgery a few weeks ago and the ailed was kept under observation during the post-operative period.
The occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr has brought double celebrations for the family, as doctors announced Ali could leave the hospital premises after successfully recuperating from the surgery.
Now, the hail and hearty boy would be heading to Lahore along with his mother and uncle in the next few daysn extremely delighted Ali's mother thanked the team of Indian doctors for gifting her child a new life.
"I feel like my son has got a new life here and he has been taken care of very well. When we came here he was quite sick and very critical and the doctors at the hospital did whatever they could. I am very thankful to both the doctors and Medanta Hospital for taking good care of my son," said Zanobia, Ali's mother.
"Now, he can sit and he can walk. I hope he can now have a good life," she added.
An elated Ali feels this to be his best Eid gift and now plans to undertake fun activities back home.
"I can stand now and I will also run very soon. I will climb the stairs of my home and do other things as well. This is my best Eid gift," said Ali.
Experts at the Delhi Hospital feel they had a huge responsibility with the boy, as doctors in Pakistan failed to detect causes of the disease.
"Ali has a birth defect, which is called Familial Cholestasis. It is a genetic defect. In Pakistan, the doctors could not point out the cause of it and here in India, we did not have enough time to cue the reason because the boy reached us in a state of coma," said Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director, Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta.
"Our first priority was to reverse the process and prepare the boy for surgery," she added.
The Indian High Commission had granted the visa within two days of the request and the family members were able to reach the hospital on time for further treatment.
This collaborative effort has brought forth more hope of enhanced relations between the two countries, which have fought three wars in the past. By Pooja Shali