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Sisters donate savings for child's treatment.

Summary: Megan and Sarah Kumar touched by plight of little girl with deformed limbs

Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News Samihah Zaman, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi: Megan and Sarah Kumar had been diligently saving for their summer vacation, and to buy knickknacks for their room.

But when they heard about a little girl, Muntaha Mohammad, whose hands and feet were deformed at birth, the two volunteered to donate their savings for the child's treatment.

"We all have legs and feet but this poor baby doesn't. Just knowing this made us sad. And you must always help a child if you can," 12-year old Megan told Gulf News . The two girls donated more than Dh500, a small amount for Muntaha but a fortune for the sisters who had saved for a whole year.

As Gulf News reported in May, Muntaha suffers from tibial hemimelia, a condition that affects one in a million babies and leads to deformed hands, feet and legs. Her parents have found a US-based surgeon, one of a handful, who can perform the procedures to correct Muntaha's limbs, but the treatment will cost a whopping Dh850,000.

"Our mother told us about Muntaha, and we felt nice that we had a chance to help someone in need," Sarah, 10, explained.

Sheetal Kumar, a holiday analyst from India, is a proud mother because of her daughters' generosity.

"My husband always encourages them to save, and once they have a sizable amount, we leave it up to them to decide how they will spend it. Megan and Sarah knew they could use the money they had put aside since Christmas to buy the little trinkets they wanted for their room. But they chose to help Muntaha. In addition, they also messaged their friends and asked them to help out if they could," Kumar said.

"We always stress the concept of giving at home, and we are only too happy to see our daughters internalising these values," she added.

Following the initial article about Muntaha, other Gulf News readers came forward to help the little girl and her parents, who hail from Pakistan.

"We did receive about Dh100,000 but this is only a drop in the bucket. We really, really want our baby to live a normal, happy life and this means she has to undergo the procedures as soon as she turns one next January. But we are not even close to having the funds required," said Somia Khadir, Muntaha's mother.

"Any amount that generous UAE residents can spare will really make a difference," the 33-year-old added.

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Date:Aug 13, 2016
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