Fahad Mustafa, the host of Jeeto Pakistan, has donated half the required amount for a three-year-old Hindu boy’s life-saving surgery. A bone marrow transplant will cost Rs4 million, which was raised with the help of people from Pakistan and overseas.
The founders of the JDC Welfare Organization, Syed Zafar Abbas, took responsibility for raising money for the child’s surgery.
“A three-year-old Hindu boy, whose father is a veterinarian who treats people’s animals for free, found himself in a position where he could not afford to save his own son’s life. He was disheartened. He went to the ARY show with me, where we made an appeal and the first person to call us after that was Fahad Mustafa,” said Abbas in a video uploaded to the organization’s Facebook page.
Even though the actor, Fahad Mustafa, was not a guest on Waseem Badami and Iqrar-ul-Hassan’s show, he still stepped up. Donors from South Korea and Australia helped raise the remaining amount, he added.
“He has as many fingers as my own child,” Abbas said, holding the little boy, on Shan-e-Iftar on May 10. “He walks, talks and laughs just as my own son does. They are the same age. Should this child die only because he is not Muslim?”
The child suffers from thalassemia. Moreover, he has just 15 months to get a bone marrow transplant or he will not make it. A 15-month delay in the surgery would drop his chances of survival to roughly 10%, Abbas claimed.
Fahad Mustafa’s big gesture
“Just before the show, he was asleep and wasn’t in the condition to be brought here, but I still brought him here out of necessity. He had to have a blood test to see how much blood he has and if he needs more,” the child’s father said.
He explained how he had gone to all quarters of power and wealth, compromising his self-respect and asking for money for his child’s treatment. However, he was sent away because he was a non-Muslim. He has been counting the days, Abbas revealed, for how long he has to save his child’s life.
The show was then interrupted by a live phone call from Main Abdul Qadir Hoon star Mustafa who said he would like to donate Rs2 million for the child’s treatment. He hoped that the donation would motivate others to come forward and help as well.
“Fahad Mustafa has just donated this child half his life, and the kid doesn’t even know what has happened. He’s distracted by the peacocks and pigeons on set,” said Abbas.
Thank you for your gesture, Mustafa. You made our nation proud. Dipesh’s father said he was turned away because he was a non-Muslim asking for charity and we hope more people realize that charity and generosity have nothing to do with religion. Like Fahad Mustafa, open your hearts to everyone in need.
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