Young cancer patient’s yearning for normal life

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MUZAFFARGARH: Nine-year-old Mozammil, a Class III student, wants to go back to his school and play with his classmates, as was his routine a few months ago, but now he can’t do this. Three months back he was diagnosed with blood cancer. Mozammil’s father Kashif Mohammad, a worker at a local jute mill told DNA his son was admitted to the Social Welfare Hospital for mill workers where initially doctors treated him for typhoid. Later, the doctors advised Kashif to get his son treated at the Nishtar Hospital, Multan, where he was declared a cancer patient. The disease is said to be in its advanced stage. The dejected father brought his son back from Nishtar Hospital, while the doctors at the local hospital also refused to treat him, saying there was no hope. Kashif has three other sons and his meager income is already insufficient for the family.

His wife told this correspondent that she knocked at every door, including local politicians, Zakat office and Pakistan Baitul Maal, but to no avail.

“I was shocked to know there were no grants either with Zakat office or Baitul Maal for treatment of cancer patients,” she said.

She said that initially her husband tried to treat the boy with quacks’ medicines but when Muzammil kept complaining of severe pain in his body and could not even sleep, Kashif got him examined by doctors.

Mozammil, with tears in his eyes, said he was good at studies at his school.

“I keep asking my father to take me to my school. I want to meet with my classmates and play with them,” says the boy.

The family appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other philanthropists to make arrangements for Muzammil’s treatment.

“We were also advised to meet Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan at Islamabad and request him for Muzammil’s treatment at his cancer hospital,” says the poor father.

Sources said the management of the jute mill where kashif worked was also not helping the family.

Kashif said that after Ashura they would go to Islamabad to seek help of a real estate tycoon for Muzammil’s treatment.

He said that he could not afford to hire a taxi or rickshaw so he had to carry his son in his arms where ever he had to take him for his treatment.