Carols raise money for treat­ment

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A group of carol singers in Dubai are try­ing to raise funds for fam­i­lies strug­gling to pay for treat­ment for their chil­dren suf­fer­ing from leukaemia and other ill­nesses.

The Jin­gles singing group per­form carols in the homes and of­fices of friends and col­leagues to raise funds for the fam­i­lies. The group is reg­is­tered with the Red Cres­cent and is li­censed by the Is­lamic Af­fairs and Char­i­ta­ble Ac­tiv­i­ties Department.

In 2014, the group raised Dhs333,000 for three young chil­dren who are suf­fer­ing from leukaemia.

This year they want to help Pak­istani child Emica Sar­faraz, aged two, and Moroc­can Omar, four, who are suf­fer­ing from the can­cer, as well as oneyear-old In­dian Mo­hammed Hamza, who has Uremic Syn­drome (UHS).

The par­ents do not earn enough to con­tinue pay­ing for treat­ment for their chil­dren at Dubai Hos­pi­tal.

Emica (above) was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in June. She has a 95 to 99 per cent chance of be­ing cured if she com­pletes the pre­scribed treat­ment, which costs Dhs100,000.

Emica’s fa­ther, Sar­faraz Masih, a 41-year-old ac­coun­tant in Dubai, said: “What’s hap­pened with my daugh­ter By Sar­wat Nasir is heart­break­ing. I’m al­ready in debt with a bank so that I could fund her treat­ment.

“I had brought my fam­ily on a visit visa to Dubai for a hol­i­day but then Emica fell ill.

“I had to ad­mit her here in a hos­pi­tal in Dubai. Now, my other three chil­dren are not go­ing to school be­cause I don’t have the tu­ition money or enough to pay for Emica’s treat­ment. Our lives have turned up­side down.

“Emica is a fighter. She’s such a good girl. She still plays and laughs. She likes play­ing with her toys.”

Hamza’s fam­ily needs Dhs60,000 per month to fund his treat­ment for UHS, a con­di­tion af­fect­ing the blood that can cause kid­ney fail­ure.

Hamza’s fa­ther, Mo­hammed, has spent Dhs100,000 on his son’s treat­ment, a ma­jor­ity of which his in­sur­ance cov­ered. How­ever, the costs have now ex­ceeded the in­sur­ance limit.

“My son needs a medicine called Eculizumab and just that treat­ment costs Dhs27,980,” Mo­hammed said.

The third child, Omar, is suf­fer­ing from leukaemia and needs Dhs200,000 for his treat­ment.

STRONG BOND: Emica Sar­faraz with her fam­ily

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