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King helps save Libyan child's life
By Amal Al-Sibai
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 04 - 09 - 2011

Zuhoor with King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
Saudi Gazette
ALibyan couple was blessed with the most precious Eid gift after King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, helped saved the life of their little baby girl by providing financial aid for the treatment of their sick child.
Its every parent's worst nightmare to helplessly watch the deteriorating health of their ailing child, unable to provide necessary medical treatment.
This terrifying nightmare came true for the Libyan couple when their newborn baby girl was diagnosed with a number of health complications and they did not have sufficient money for her treatment.
When the couple was blessed with a baby girl, she was so pretty that they named her Zuhoor, which means flowers.
However, shortly after birth, Zuhoor's tummy was swollen and she had difficulty passing urine and stool. When the parents realized that something was seriously wrong with their little child, they rushed back to the hospital.
After a series of medical tests, the parents' horrific suspicions were confirmed. Zuhoor had internal birth defects and the doctors said she needed major surgery at a top notch medical center in order to be able to lead a normal life.
No hospital in Libya was equipped to undertake such a large scale operation and Naji, baby Zuhoor's father, could not afford the exorbitant cost of such an operation abroad.
Temporary medical relief was provided to Zuhoor, but she still needed complicated surgeries. The father refused to succumb to despair and he reached out to King Abdullah for assistance since the generous King is well known to be a humanitarian who supports people in need. Naji recalls being surprised at how quickly King Abdullah responded to his plea for help.
The noble Custodian of the two Holy Mosques invited the family to Riyadh and covered all their expenditures, right from travel and accommodation expenses to all their hospital expenses for the medical examinations and surgical procedures of the baby girl.
Rigorous diagnostic tests at King Abdul Aziz Medical City in Riyadh revealed deformities in Zuhoor's reproductive, urinary, and digestive systems. Amazingly, she had two uteruses, did not have a rectal opening, and the length of her large intestines was only 10 cm as opposed to the normal length of 22 cm. While a team of brilliant surgeons operated on Zuhoor for eight hours her parents to whom the operation seemed like eight years, prayed and hoped for the best. The operation was successful, little Zahoor's defects were completely cured and the doctors announced that Zahoor would be a perfectly healthy and active child.
Throughout the treatment, King Abdullah kept inquiring about Zuhoor's condition and he personally met with the happy and grateful family after the baby girl was discharged from the hospital. Zuhoor has now returned back to Libya and is on her road to recovery in her homeland.
Such a great act of kindness is definitely not the King's first and will not be the last.
King Abdullah is known to grant financial aid to individuals from all races who suffer from critical health conditions, such as aid offered for the separation of the conjoined twins, heart surgery of infants and several other advanced medical treatments.
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