Abu Dhabi teen waiting for the breath of lifeMobeen, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, has not been to school for a yearImage Credit: AHMED KUTTY/XPRESSTragic: The road to recovery for Mobeen Choudhury is long, expensive and complexPublished: 21:00 July 17, 2013 01 By Jai Prasad V. Rai, Staff Reporter SMALLMEDIUMLARGEAbu Dhabi: Ramadan has not brought any relief to Mobeen Chaudhry.The 18-year-old suffers from cystic fibrosis. He has not been to school for almost a year now — his parents cannot afford the fees as his father Mohammad Zahoor lost his job a few years ago.Mobeen’s younger brother Mohammad Amin, 13, is also sitting out of school.“We have no idea how to go about our life,” Mobeen’s mother Rubina Shaheer told XPRESS. “Everything looks bleak. I’m really worried about my son’s health. Our doctor said he needs high protein and nutritious food, but where can we afford all this? We are really unlucky parents who can’t provide these things for our kids.”According to Dr Nizar M. Kherallah of Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, where Mobeen is being treated, this is a life-long issue and needs regular medication. “The road to recovery is lengthy, expensive and complex.”The family has not been able to pay rent for their accommodation on Electra Street in Abu Dhabi.“We don’t know how long we can treat him. We have not been able to pay rents nor school fees of the kids. They lost one crucial academic year,” Shaheer said.Things were going fine for the family after the couple got married in 1990 and Shaheer began work at the Water and Electricity Department in Abu Dhabi.But in 2008 Mohammad lost his job. “I was not highly qualified and was among those who were dismissed,” he said.“I thought of starting something on my own and bought a forklift truck on loan.”But the business did not make any headway. “The truck has been parked for almost three months now. We are really struggling,” he said.Shaheer said their life could change if only her husband landed a decent job.“All my husband needs is a job. Even I’m ready to work as we want to put our life back on track,” she said.If you wish to help Mobeen write to firstname.lastname@example.org About the diseaseCystic fibrosis is a chronic disease characterised by build up of thick, sticky mucus. Symptoms include damage to respiratory system and digestive problems.Mucus clogs airways, leading to severe problems with breathing and bacterial infections in the lungs causing chronic coughing, wheezing and inflammation which result in permanent lung damage, including formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) and cysts in the lungs.Expand Your commentsName*This field is required.Phone*This field is required.Enter a valid phone number.Country*AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua And BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia And HerzegowinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic Of TheCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D'IvoireCroatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)CubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEast TimorEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrance, MetropolitanFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard And Mc Donald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran (Islamic Republic Of)IraqIrelandItalyJamaicaJapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People'S Republic OfKorea, Republic OfKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People'S Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacauMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic OfMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia, Federated States OfMoldova, Republic OfMonacoMongoliaMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNetherlands AntillesNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestinian Territory, OccupiedPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRwandaSaint Kitts And NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent And The GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome And PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakia (Slovak Republic)SloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia And The South Sandwich IslandsSpainSri LankaSt. HelenaSt. Pierre And MiquelonSudanSurinameSvalbard And Jan Mayen IslandsSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwan, Province Of ChinaTajikistanTanzania, United Republic OfThailandTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad And TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks And Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis And Futuna IslandsWestern SaharaYemenYugoslaviaZambiaZimbabweCity*This field is required.Email*Enter a valid email ID.Comment* This field is required.Please login first to post a comment.I acknowledged and accepted gulfnews.com user terms and conditions*This field is required.1 CommentShowNewest FirstOldest FirstMost RatedLowest RatedTasneemJul 18, 2013 10:07I request all big businessmen in Abu Dhabi to give Shaheer a job, so that he can support his family. Because contribution can bring timely relief. But a decent job can bring stability to him and his family.Tasneem Jul 18, 2013 10:07I request all big businessmen in Abu Dhabi to give Shaheer a job, so that he can support his family. Because contribution can bring timely relief. But a decent job can bring stability to him and his family.