Abdul Salam with his wife Marian and their now legal daughter Al Batoul Mariam. With the help of good Samaritans the family from Algeria has been able to pay off the hospital bill. Image Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News

Sharjah: Baby girl Al Batoul Mariam has been issued a birth certificate, passport and identification because of good-hearted Gulf News readers.

Many Gulf News readers said that the story of Al Batoul Mariam touched their hearts and many felt they had to help her.

Gulf News had highlighted the issue of the six-month-old girl, who was left without identification after Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah refused to issue her a birth certificate, because the parents failed to pay Dh3,000 in hospital bills.

The baby's mother gave birth to her first child at Al Qasimi Hospital in October, but due to their poor financial situation, the parents could not pay the delivery costs.

The baby's parents, who had their passports seized by the owner of the apartment where they stayed was relieved Gulf News readers offered to help.

Readers, of several nationalities and different religious backgrounds, who read the little girl's story helped the family get her birth certificate and aided them in getting back their passports so they can leave the UAE.

"We are happy and thankful to the generous people who wanted to help us. We were desperate and in pain and had no clue what to do," said the girl's mother.

"We were in a dilemma and we had no idea what to do.

"We ended up in the street but with the help of some people we found temporary shelter but now we hope to go back to our country soon.

"We used to think day and night how we can have birth certificate for our baby and how we could go back to our home."

"I am waiting for the day to go back to my country with my family," she said.

She said her husband will collect the baby's birth certificate on Tuesday and will then apply for passport for her at the Algerian consulate.