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Altruistic Dubai Police officers go beyond the call of duty

Dubai Police officers offer to donate blood when they heard of woman in urgent need of transfusion

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 14:55 June 12, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Dubai Police
  • Al Jazzei, Abdul Safi and Hassan Abdullah are three of four officers who helped a woman in distress.

Dubai: Four police officers recently stepped in to help save a woman who had just given birth and was in desperate need of a blood transfusion.

The public-spirited officers have since been promoted by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

On May 30 at 8pm Sergeant Jamal Abdullah Faraj, who works at Al Rifaa police station, received an SMS from one of his friends saying that a woman at Latifa Hospital was fighting for her life after giving birth to twins. One of her twins had died.

The woman’s O-negative blood group was relatively rare and doctors were struggling to find a donor. The woman was in critical condition.

Warrant officer Faraj, 43, who had the same blood group as the woman, immediately contacted duty officer Lieutenant Mohammad Shahrayar at the Dubai Police command and control centre at the operations room asking permission to go to Latifa Hospital to donate blood.

Lt Shahrayar in turn contacted First Lieutenant Khalil Kanji, the officer in charge, to check on the woman at the hospital.

“After inspecting the case in less than five minutes First Lt Kanji asked all other police officers in the operations room if any one of them had an O-negative blood group and was willing to help the woman by donating blood to save her life,” Warrant Officer Faraj told Gulf News.

He said three other police officers, Sergeant Yousuf Ahmad Hassan Abdullah, 30, Corporal Ali Mohammad Al Jazzei, 48, and Corporal Mohammad Abdul Safi, 36, in addition to Warrant Officer Faraj, said they had the same blood group and wanted to donate blood.

“We tried to reach the hospital as soon as possible but after doctors inspected our medical history unfortunately it was found that I was not able to donate blood because I was on antibiotics for flu,” said Warrant Officer Faraj.

He added that Corporal Abdul Safi was not able to donate blood because he had a low haemoglobin level.

“Corporal Al Jazzei was the lucky one who donated his blood to save the life of the woman,” said Warrant Officer Faraj.

Corporal Al Jazzei said that he was overwhelmed that he was able to help the woman.

“We just wanted to help the patient without knowing much about her. We came to know that a woman was fighting for her life in hospital and that she required a blood transfusion so we rushed to help her,” said Corporal Abdul Safi.

Commander in Chief of Dubai Police Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim told Gulf News that the four police officers were on patrol when one of them received an SMS appealing for blood donors to come forward to help a patient at Latifa Hospital.

“After reading the message, the policeman called the command and control centre for permission to help the patient,” he said.

He said the police officers were eager to help without asking for any further details about the woman. He thanked Shaikh Mohammad for his gesture of rewarding the four policemen for their altruism.

Lt Gen Dahi said First Lt Kanji and Lt Shahrayar will be honoured by Dubai Police for their initiative to help the woman.

Brigadier Omar Abdullah Al Shamsi, Director of the Department of Command and Control Centre at Dubai Police, said on Monday that when the police officers’ actions came to his attention he told Lt Gen Dahi who in turn praised them and told Shaikh Mohammad.

Comments (19)

  1. Added 15:07 June 13, 2013

    May Allah bless you guys. keep up the same brothers, salute and praises from the depth of my heart.

    Abid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:02 June 13, 2013

    Great work, it is again proven that Dubai Police are friendly and helpfull and protective of a world class city

    K.Sundaresan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:20 June 13, 2013

    Hats off to Dubai Police officers who volunteered to donate their blood for a dying human. Their magnanimous gesture made me think that world is still alive and not devoid of people with such generosity and courage. Well done officers!

    Iftekhar Anwar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:09 June 13, 2013

    Salute to all officers for this wonderful job.

    Farrukh Sayeed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:07 June 13, 2013

    Good Job Dubai Police. I have donated blood more than 3-4 times to my friend who was a Leukaemia patient. He used to go to the hospital every 6 to 9 months for treatment. I did my best for 3 years and the last time he got admitted to the hospital his body rejected all the medicine and the blood given to him and he left us all and went. R.I.P Shirmal Fernando - Sri Lanka. There are loads of organs available by sudden death which can make lot of patients to come to life. From one we can bring more than 5 people to life.

    Sathish, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:48 June 13, 2013

    Proud to be Emirati. Well done boys, keep it up.

    Naeem Mohammad Bin Mohammad, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:33 June 13, 2013

    Well done officers, this is why the Dubai Police are rate as one of the most friendly police in the world.

    Amin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:25 June 13, 2013

    MASHALLAH this is what the UAE is all about. There's no government like UAE who cares much for the people. am very glad to be part of this country. LOVE UAE

    syed Fasi Al Deen, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:05 June 13, 2013

    Well done Dubai Police

    Mohammad Shafique, Sharjah, Pakistan

  10. Added 11:04 June 13, 2013

    What great spirited officers! No wonder Dubai Police are rated as one of the top class in the world! Keep up the great work brothers!

    Irshad, London, United Kingdom

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