Following a mother’s plea for help for her sick child, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, has pledged to cover the entirety of the little one’s hospital bill.
Massar Mundhar detailed in a video that her 18-month-old daughter, Laveen, is suffering from a degenerative disease giving her mere months to live if she didn’t receive urgent treatment.
The little girl was diagnosed with type 2 spinal muscle atrophy which leads to the motor neuron nerve cells in the brain which enable the body to speak, walk, breathe, talk and more.
Mundar and her daughter are from Iraq and they were told to come to Dubai’s Al Jalila hospital for the costly treatment, which is essential for the toddler to receive to improve her life expectancy and quality of life.
“To the honourable, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, my child and I urgently seek your generosity,” Mundar says in the video, which was reshared on the UAE BARQ Instagram page.
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“My daughter has a very rare disease that has incapacitated her. Since our country does not have the required expertise and treatment, we were told to take her to Dubai’s Al Jalila Hospital.”
However, due to the rare nature of Laveen’s disease and the new treatment, the cost was too much for them to be able to afford.
“However, we cannot afford the cost of her treatment and time is running out as this disease can be best treated if the child is under two years of age.”
The mother pled to His Highness to “show the compassion and mercy the UAE is known for”.
The video went viral on social media and it was eventually seen by the Dubai Ruler. Per the Khaleej Times, Mundar and her husband were told by doctors at Al Jalila Hosptial that His Highness had agreed to cover Laveen’s medical costs.
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