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Surgery for Fathima; school for brothers.

Summary: DUBAI - A severely disabled girl looks set to get the surgery she needs, while her brothers are off to school for the first time, thanks to the kindness of UAE residents.

DUBAI - A severely disabled girl looks set to get the surgery she needs, while her brothers are off to school for the first time, thanks to the kindness of UAE residents.

Numerous offers of help came flooding in in response to the Khaleej Times article about Fathima Dnya, a 7-year-old girl suffering from Arthrogryposis -- an unusual neuro-musculo-skeletal disorder which has left her with abnormally stiff and swollen joints.

The little girl, who is still unable to walk, has already undergone numerous surgeries but requires one final operation to open up her fingers so she can use her hands.

Dnya's mother, Fathima Rauzana, said more than 15 people had contacted her following the article, and the family had been overwhelmed by the support received and the kindness of strangers.

The Sri Lankan family needs at least Dh70,000 for the surgery, which will take place in India. The family has been struggling to survive on Rauzana's income alone after her husband, Mohammad Rizwan, lost his job as a cabin mechanic at Emirates when he was wrongfully accused of theft.

Rauzana said the family had received Dh13,000 in just three days last week, and other donors have said they will deposit by the end of this month.

Emirates staff also started collecting donations for the family, while another businessman came forward and said he would pay for Fathima's sons, Mohammad Akeel, 6, and Abur Rahman, 4, to begin schooling.

"Dnya is very, very happy. People are calling her and asking about her ... she needs people and wants to talk to someone so it is very nice for her.

"I am so happy people are caring about my baby girl."

Her sons were getting ready for their first day at school when Khaleej Times spoke to Rauzana yesterday.

"They are very very excited," Rauzana said.

"They were wanting to go to school for a very long time. It's like a dream for them today. They cannot believe they are going to school.

"I just want to thank everyone so much. There are no words. It's a dream come true.

"I just still want my husband to get a job, if he gets a job we will be okay."

The surgeon is expected to confirm a date for surgery this week, she said. --sarah@khaleejtimes.comdubai

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Apr 14, 2013
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