Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Let down by insurance firm, relatives raise funds for Pakistani’s treatment  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 14/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) LAHORE: Relatives of a Pakistani student left comatose following a traffic accident in the United States have raised thousands of dollars for his treatment after an insurance company refused to cover the whole cost

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, has been in a coma since last November when a deer struck a car carrying him and friends from the city of Minneapolis back to the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he was spending a semester abroad

The deer’s antlers pierced his face and broke his nose, although he was still able to speak. But once at the hospital, he choked on his own blood and suffered a heart attack

His brother Shahraiz, who has come to the US to help, said the insurance company was pressing the family to sign off on returning Shahzaib to Pakistan once his visa runs out on Feb. 28, threatening not to pay evacuation costs if the family refuses

“My mother is not going to sign because that would be like killing her son with her own hand,” the elder Bajwa said, adding he feared his brother would not survive the 24-hour flight

By Thursday evening, an online appeal on the site gofundme.com created by Shahraiz to pay for his brother’s ongoing medical care and apply for a visa extension had raised more than 20,000 of its 100,000 target

A change.org petition created by a friend that calls on the United States to extend his visa has so far gathered over 1,000 signatures many of which came from Americans

A spokeswoman from the Foreign Ministry said Pakistani officials had been in touch with the US State Department and were told extending Shahzaib’s visa was “not a problem” if the family could raise funds for his care

“The matter has been taken up with the State Department. Essentially visa extension is not a problem,” Tasnim Aslam said, adding his future course of care was now “up to the family.

The Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota, has so far provided Shahzaib 350,000 worth of treatment for free

The insurance company has an upper limit of 100,000 for the exchange program, which it wants to use on his repatriation costs

Shahzaib’s uncle Ammanat Hussain Sahi told AFP his nephew was a bright student whose father had died leaving the family reliant on his pension and a small land holding they might need to sell to finance his treatment

Sohail H Naqvi, vice chancellor of the the Lahore University of Management Sciences which Shahzaib attended, said: “He is a student of LUMS under its national outreach program, which offers scholarships to bright students from the families with limited resources.

Shahzaib was well known on campus as a liberal activist who co-founded the university’s first-ever Feminist Society, Nida Kirmani, one of his professors, told AFP

“He was one of my best students, really committed to social justice,” she said, adding he was “outspoken in class in his support for feminism which is quite rare in Pakistan.

A friend of Shahzaib’s, Nabiha Meher Shaikh, added: “I’m quite devastated, I’m trying to not cry. The thought of him being sent back to die is ridiculous. If the US wants to prove they care about Pakistan they should do something.”


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 30 2014 - UAE- Hawaii lava flow reaches home threatens townKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Red-hot lava from a slow-erupting volcano has reached a home on Hawaiis Big Island and is threatening an entire town emergency officials said Tuesday. The lava flow from ...

 Oct 30 2014 - UAE- Slow-moving lava creeps closer to Hawaii homesKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A branch of the molten stream was less than 100 yards (90 meters) from a two-story house.This photo provided by the US Geological Survey shows the lava flow from Kilauea ...

 Oct 30 2014 - UAE- 10 people killed 200 missing in Sri Lanka after mudslidesKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A local hospital source said that two men and a woman rescued from the mud had been brought in for treatment. Colombo: Around 200 people were reported missing and 10 ...

 Oct 30 2014 - UAE- Heavy rains continue in Telangana two deadKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Two women both sisters were washed in the swirling waters of a rivulet near Madgula village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh as heavy rains caused by Cyclone Nilofar ...

 Oct 30 2014 - UAE- Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits near Samoa: USGSKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A police spokeswoman in the capital Apia told Reuters by telephone that the quake had not been felt in the city and that she was unaware of any damage. Sydney: A 6.1 ...

 Oct 30 2014 - Ottawa shooting was madmans last desperate act says motherKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Susan Bibeau said her estranged son had wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia to study Islam and the Quran not Syria to join militant fighters. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau killed by ...

 Oct 30 2014 - UAE- Kidnapped women used by Boko Haram on front line: Rights groupKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Suspected militant fighters kidnapped about 30 children including girls as young as 11 in Borno state at the weekend. Lagos: Boko Haram has used kidnapped young women and ...

 Oct 30 2014 - Ottawa gunman made video before attack: PoliceKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who was shot dead by police in the parliament in Ottawa after killing a soldier Wednesday was mentally ill and wanted to die his mother wrote in a ...

 Oct 30 2014 - Two killed four wounded in Washington state school shootingKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A school district official who declined to be named said the shooter was Jaylen Fryberg a freshman who was a popular member of both the wrestling and football ...

 Oct 30 2014 - UAE- Nigeria president set to announce re-election bid: sourceKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Jonathans formal re-election announcement will be made at a public event between November 7 and November 15 according to the presidential aide. A source close to Nigerian ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help