Sheikh Mohammed will pay off the cost of treatment for baby Laveen (inset).


Sheikh Mohammed pays for baby’s Dh8 M treatment


DUBAI – A one-year-old Iraqi baby girl being treated in Dubai for a rare disease got the biggest gift after the Dubai ruler promised to pay the cost of her treatment worth Dh8 million.

The parents of baby Laveen Ibrahim Jabbar Al Kutayshi flew from Iraq to Dubai earlier in February to seek treatment for her spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disease.

In a desperate plea, Laveen’s mother, Massar, sent out a post for help on social media and tagged Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In the video, Massar can be seen crying as she asked Sheikh Mohammed for help, adding that the Iraqi couple sought their only hope in Dubai.

“Since our country does not have the required expertise and treatment, we were told to take her to Dubai’s Al Jalila Hospital. However, we cannot afford the cost of her treatment and time is running out as this disease can be best treated if the child is under two years of age,” she said.

She never imagined he would respond, but he did! He even promised to take care of the cost of her treatment. ICA/Expat Media

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