Meet the Children

Nida Zubair

Nida, 18

Compassionate and caring with a ready smile, Nida is confined to a wheelchair since the age of 7. She is interested in art and was once an active child who loved to go swimming and visit the park. She is convinced that she will beat MD and become a doctor one day. Day-to-day activities are a challenge for Nida but her smile never leaves her face.  She lifts our hearts when we are down. Her courage gives us strength.

Nida was born in 1997, was a normal, healthy baby, and had an uneventful childhood, until she started complaining of severe abdominal pain at age 7. Within days, she developed a fever of 105 degrees accompanied by chest congestion. After being hospitalized at the Zulekha Hospital in UAE, and receiving antibiotics intravenously for five days, her fever finally settled. After a few days, she started complaining of leg pain and began having difficulty climbing stairs. She gradually lost her ability to walk due to muscular weakness and her upper body and limbs started to weaken as well. Gradually she became immobile and confined to a wheelchair. She currently suffers from scoliosis, chest bones are disturbed and CPK level is 200, She need help in sitting, changing sides at night, eating and drinking. She is unable to raise her arms in sitting or lying position.

Ahmad ZubairAhmad, 16

Ahmed is a joyful child who is a fighter at heart. He loves hanging out with his cousins and adores his two sisters. Ahmad loves to play video games. Confined to a wheelchair since age 9, he dreams of being an IT professional. Like his sister, he is convinced that he will be cured one day and be able to fulfill his dreams. Ahmad’s smile simultaneously lifts and melts our hearts.

Ahmad started off pretty much the same way. He was born healthy and normal in 1999, until he too started complaining about severe abdominal pain at age 9, with a fever of 105 accompanied by chest congestion. After being hospitalized at the Shafique Hospital in Lahore, and receiving antibiotics intravenously, his fever finally settled. Imagine our panic when after a few days, he too started to complain of leg pain and began having difficulty climbing stairs. Like his sister, he gradually lost his ability to walk due to muscular weakness. Soon his upper body and limbs got affected as well. Gradually, our active son before our very eyes, became immobile and got confined to a wheelchair.

Eman ZubairEman, 10

Eman is a compassionate and caring little girl who loves art. She enjoys making paintings and jewelry for her mother and sister. She stays busy sharing stories and joking around with her family and lightens the family  mood with her daily dose of humor.

She was our third to head down the same path. It was heartbreaking to watch her condition because by that time we knew what was coming. Eman was born in 2005. Again a healthy, normal, and active baby until age 4 when she too started complaining of severe abdominal pain with a fever of 105 accompanied by chest congestion. After being hospitalized in Lahore, and receiving antibiotics intravenously, her fever too settled. After a few days, she started complaining of leg pain and began having difficulty climbing stairs. Today she is in a wheelchair too.

Shahid Zubair and family