Amidst recent reports of Shiv Sena opposing a ghazal concert of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali in Mumbai and party workers throwing ink on Sudheendra Kulkarni on Monday, comes a story of humanity which transcends borders.
Some Indians, especially Mumbaikars, contributed nearly Rs 13 lakh for the treatment of Saba Tariq Ahmed, a Karachi-resident suffering from Wilson's disease, reported The Times of India.
Wilson's disease is a genetic defect which causes excessive copper accumulation in the liver or brain.
15-year-old Saba was being treated at the Jaslok hospital on Pedder Road in Mumbai.
"Saba and her mother, Nazia, boarded an afternoon flight for Karachi. They were extremely happy about how well the treatment worked for Saba," Dr Taran Gainchandani, Jaslok hospital CEO, told TOI on Monday.
However, this was not the first time Indians have helped Saba. The report states that funds were collected for her treatment twice between April and October this year, with Rs 7 lakh being raised by Mumbai-based NGO Bluebells community in the earlier half.
Saba was not responding well to the medication which is regularly prescribed for Wilson's disease and it had to be changed along with her physiotherapy, Dr Aabha Nagral, a liver specialist who had been treating Saba told TOI.
In May, Saba's condition deteriorated on her return to Karachi and that is when her mother Nazia contacted Bluebells community, following which an online fundraising campaign was launched to collect Rs 10 lakh for a three-month treatment for Saba.
They also received funds from NGOs in America and London, adds the report.