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Businessman's help for family in need is pure gold

Merchant soon learned that Farah's mother Saeeda was due to have a baby — and that her husband Harji Nabeel couldn't afford to have her admitted — so the businessman also stepped in with financial support for the mother to give birth.

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 May 4, 2010
  • Gulf News

Alia Nabeel
  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Alia Nabeel who was born recently at Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah. Businessman Firoz Merchant stepped in with financial support for the mother Saeeda to give birth.
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Dubai: A generous reader of Gulf News has stepped in to help the family whose daughter was recently denied emergency medical care because her unemployed father couldn't afford it.

And his generosity has helped bring the 20-month-old's baby sister safely into the world.

Pure Gold Jewellers Founder and Chairman Firoz Merchant read about the family's plight in Gulf News, and offered to pay for the care of Farah, who is 20 months old.

However, Merchant soon learned that Farah's mother Saeeda was due to have a baby — and that her husband Harji Nabeel couldn't afford to have her admitted — so the businessman also stepped in with financial support for the mother to give birth.

Gulf News recently reported how Dubai Hospital had denied Farah emergency care because her unemployed father was unable to afford the medical expenses.

Nabeel had recently lost his job after his company closed. Merchant said when he read the report in Gulf News he felt sorry for the child and wanted to help the family.

Nabeel, a Tunisian, had been asked to deposit Dh1,000 to have his daughter admitted to Dubai hospital, which he had been forced to borrow.

However, the following day doctors asked him to take his ill daughter home because he couldn't afford ongoing treatment — despite the fact she held a health card issued by the same hospital.

"They told me in the hospital that the deposit I paid was finished and I have to take my ill daughter out of the hospital," Nabeel said.

Nabeel borrowed the money to have his daughter admitted.

However, he needed another Dh5,000 to have his pregnant wife admitted.

Saeeda told Gulf News that she had been planning to give birth at home. "I had no clue on what to do but when Gulf News highlighted my daughter's issue I also got help from generous people who admitted me to Al Qasimi hospital," Saeeda said.

Saeeda said she was thankful to Merchant for helping her daughter, and helping her to be admitted to Al Qasimi Hospital where she gave birth to her baby girl Alia.

Merchant said when he read Farah's story in Gulf News he felt sorry for the baby girl and her parents.

The businessman said children should not have to suffer from a lack of medical attention. "This was the time for everyone to be morally responsible, by helping each other in times of difficulty," he said.

"I was surprised to learn that the mother was also due for delivery so both needed medical care," Merchant said. "The mother had to be admitted immediately as her due date was imminent.

"I'm very pleased to learn that she has had a healthy delivery and both the mother and the new baby girl are doing well," Merchant said.

He said the pair had received thorough care.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 17:16 May 4, 2010

    Hats Off for Mr Merchant. You are a great man. You and your family will suremy receive more blessings...Stay the same:)

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:11 May 4, 2010

    I am happy to know that there are still few people who have the heart to help the needy. But on the other hand i am so upset how these people working in the hospital are treating people like this. They are up to serve and treat ill patients not collect money from patients only. It shows how human has become that even an innocent child has to suffer in the hands of these people. I hope that one day you will not be put into their shoe, so you wil know how what is the feeling of being a parent, losing the life of an innocent child because of heartless people.

    Faith, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:32 May 4, 2010

    I am inspired by Mr. Merchants generosity and compassion. May God bestow his blessings upon Mr. Merchant and family and may this article inspire all who read it to do something good/selfless doesn't matter how big or small specially for people who are less fortunate and obviously struggling to make ends meet, it will make a difference. 'A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capabilities.' (Dalai Lama)

    Aslam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:53 May 4, 2010

    God Bless u

    Balu, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:42 May 4, 2010

    Yes, Its a God's hand we seen in this juncture, Mr. Merchant really did what a human should do when other humanbeing in desperate situation, and reminds us the story of good samaritan story in the Bible. Many won't do even if they are immensely rich. Let Almighty give the reward to Mr. Merchant for his good thinking. But a civilised nation such incident happens in the Medical field the Govt. should intervene and help the real needy.

    Royce, Kuwait, Kuwait

  6. Added 13:15 May 4, 2010

    I live in America and do not profess to know the intricacies of UAE healthcare, but it is unconscionable that a wealthy principality like Dubai would deny treating a toddler because her parents' cannot afford paying for hospital service. Warts and all, at least the American healthcare system and hospitals would never deny a child medical care no matter how economically disadvantaged her parents are or how serious the medical case is. Shame on the administrators of the hospital in UAE!

    Ahmad, Seattle, United States

  7. Added 13:03 May 4, 2010

    Mr. Merchant you are a great man with PURE HEART GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

    saif, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:38 May 4, 2010

    This was the time for everyone to be morally responsible, by helping each other in times of difficulty. this statement made was very true but out here in dubai hardly people help. For instance If you see a broken down car how many of us step out and help but rather just sit and watch. altough Merchant is a business man i can understand the feelings that he must have had .I am glad that he had taken time out from his busy schedule supporting the family. why cant we all have some thing called as feelings. I guess in this modern world every one runs behind money and that changed peoples attitude. Every body has becom so selfish and cunny that they only worry abt them selfs . show some respect love and courtesy. Thanks to Merchant for helping the family financially. they saved another life. hospitals should stop showing callios attitude when it comes to patient care. they should understand that they are not doing a charty service and i did not expect this from dubai hospital. Quality and service counts these day and this is the main pitfall that i find lacking here in dubai. let us show some love and care to each other . you will be blessed. even a small help will make a big difference.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:35 May 4, 2010

    UAE and especially Dubai is the most wonderful place on the earth. The most peacful corner on this planet, but I don't know why some people wants to destroy the image of Dubai. Recently Dubai Health Department increased the prices for everything. And more insterestingly they have not informed the public about their decision. The charges for the normal delivery is increased from 2000 to 8000. It is rediculs.......

    Ali, Dubai, Pakistan

  10. Added 12:32 May 4, 2010

    A person in need is a human indeed

    Gulal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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