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MENAFN - Arab News - 18/01/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab News) Twenty-year-old Hiba Amin was a lively and cheerful young woman barely six months before she could know that she had a rare brain disease.

Now bedridden at a Dammam hospital, Hiba has Hydrocephalus, which is the excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid on the brain, causing the head to swell and affecting physical and mental abilities

Mohammed, her 64-year-old father, said Hiba first started getting pains in her back about five months ago. Then her head started swelling up, she had problems walking, vomited frequently, and could no longer continue going to school

He said doctors diagnosed Hiba with the disease and admitted her to Al-Mana Hospital in Dammam

Mohammed, who works for a private company, said he had already spent SR600,000 on her treatment with the help of his employer but now requires a further SR100,000 for a further two to three months in the hospital

"Before all these problems started, I sustained myself. I never had to open my hands and ask for money from anyone. We lived a life of dignity and happiness.

These are testing times for us and I hope Allah will show us a way out of our misery," said Mohammed

"Doctors have advised us to continue the treatment for another two to three months so that she can recover, but the problem is that we are not financially able to do so. We have spent everything we had on her treatment.

"The hospital administration keeps telling us to take Hiba to Pakistan but treatment there is even more expensive than in the Kingdom," he said


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