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Ammara Malik – a mother whose sheer struggle helped pave path for Lahore’s first BMT facility – Daily Pakistan


LAHORE – Medical doctors in Punjab capital metropolis carried out the primary ever profitable bone marrow transplant at a public sector hospital earlier this week.

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The process was carried out at Kids’s Hospital by a group of docs led by challenge director Dr. Tahir Shamsi. The group behind the hassle credited it to the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Certainly it was the CM’s exertions that led to this nice achievement – however there’s another one who must be given due credit score and acknowledgment.

Mrs. Ammara Farooq Malik – a girl of sheer will, dedication and nerves stronger than most of us – began her wrestle to deliver BMT facility in Lahore seven years in the past. The explanation – which drove her to place her energies into one thing which might profit a whole lot of individuals – is each painful and superb.

The mum-of-three gave beginning to a gorgeous child lady named ‘Amal’ in September, 2003. Sadly, the primary introduction of Amal to the world wasn’t all butterflies and fireworks – she suffered from a Uncommon Enzyme Deficiency, which required a blood transfusion on the age of eight hours. The ache and struggling didn’t cease there; the baby needed to undergo over 155 blood transfusions and two Bone Marrow Transplants in years to comply with.

The wretched story had a gorgeous ending and Amal ultimately received nicely, however Amara Farooq didn’t take it without any consideration.

Seeing her little daughter undergo a lot ache, racism confronted by the hands of different sufferers at hospital in Italy and realizing that not many individuals may afford to take their kids to personal sector hospitals or overseas, she began the wrestle to deliver the ability in Lahore. She talked to the medical employees in Italy and right here in Pakistan – received in contact with Dr. Shamsi as nicely, but despite the fact that an understanding was reached, the efforts couldn’t be continued because of varied causes.

Nonetheless lack of enthusiasm of most docs, the political strategy in medical sector, hurdles with the mafia of pharmas, and the failures to show her dream into actuality, didn’t let any of it disappoint Mrs. Malik – a real optimist.

She saved up the great work by way of SEPLAA – a social enterprise she had constructed as a Sadqa-e-Jaria for her household. It was seven years after her steady wrestle when she received the information from Dr. Shamsi that the seeds she sown had been lastly giving fruit within the type of new BMT facility on the Kids’s Hospital in Lahore.

Think about the ache and energy of a mom – whose daughter is scuffling with a uncommon deficiency, whose remedy isn’t simply obtainable, the docs aren’t empathetic – but she doesn’t quit, and does all the pieces doable not just for her daughter however for others as nicely.

Even after fourteen years – as a mom – it’s troublesome for her to speak concerning the horrors of time when she was swinging between hope and uncertainty however her resolve to assist different folks made her open up just a bit. The total-time mom to a few lovely kids, devoted spouse, and peace fanatic is eager on promotion of consciousness about blood problems and BMT.

Her daughter, Amal is doing exceptionally nicely and is a really brilliant younger women who’s an advocate for peace and an energetic a part of the SEPLAA Younger Chief’s Membership.

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