-Lahore, July, 2019.
by Ammara Farooq Malik
To those of our friends who helped me, my husband Farooq and daughters Amal, Dina and Zaina raise some resources for the family of Mr. Shahid Zubair in 2015, there is an encouraging update about the family and where your contribution went.
Last year I emailed them to get an update about their situation. And a few weeks back I got a response on facebook. I am not creating a story out of the messages, just posting them up as I got them and responded to them. I do want to thank again all those friends who sent in funds on the call of my family and would send you a thousand prayers back in return. Your help, enabled a family in extreme distress, get the opportunity to get a diagnosis in the US and the hope to get some kind of treatment. The lives of the children are happier now since they have some help and the worries of the parents are decreased somewhat. But there is no doubt that the family is still in a lot of difficulty and any support that can be given to them in the US would be so welcome.
The facebook conversation:
Shahid Zubair -SZ: Assalam waalaikum WRB. Sister I apologize I was notable to reply your email and informed you about our update. Alhamdolilah we reached US, we tried for Nida operation but we were late and it’s very costly. We applied for residency and Alhamdolilah ww got approval. Children also got Medicaid and getting good management treatment from hospitals. Ahmad and Eman has started schooling. Initially it waa very hard time.But now Alhamdolilah things are settling down gradually. Your help and prayers are one of major factor for us. We shall remain in touch with you in future inshaAllah. Say our special regards to Farooq bhai and love to kids. With bundles of prayers.
Ammara Malik- AM: WAS Shahid bhai, I am so happy to know about this development. I pray for Nida, Ahmad and Eman and for all of you and Saher to bring you ease.
After a few days…
SZ: Ji sure. I shall try to provide you maximum info and what reliefs children are receiving due to your great support. We can never forget your precious efforts, prayers, wishes, motivations and support for our family.
AM: Do you think the initial visit to the US in which my friends and I helped, made it possible for you to move to the US?
SZ: Ji ofcourse it was base for our diagnosis and now support treatment
AM: Are they under going any treatment?
SZ: Ji various supportive treatment costing thousands of dollars is going on
AM: And do you have to pay for any of this?
Update April 2020:
The family has been granted US green cards and are now settled in the US where they are able to get the required support for the children. They still have huge struggles but being able to give the children, the medical support facilities they need, they are in a much better position! This could not have been possible without the generous support of all those who contributed to their cause through the SEPLAA Foundation and let then go to the US for their first preliminary medical checkup. JazakAllah for all your contributions!