Making Dreams Come True
"I want to be a pilot"
Despite having suffered from acute lymphoid leukemia since early 2014, Ahmed Raza has not given up on his dreams, or lost his cute, mischievous smile.
Ahmed lives in Lyari with his parents and two elder sisters. Ahmed's father works for a construction company and is the only earning member of his family.
When he first started getting weak and suffering from a cough, Ahmed’s parents took him to a doctor in Lyari, who diagnosed him as having tuberculosis. Despite treatment, Ahmed’s condition did not improve. His family eventually took him to the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia.
Ahmed's parents did not know how they would pay for their son's treatment. The Patient Welfare Programme was approached and supported Ahmed's family in this desire for their son to receive the best medical care.
For two years Ahmed underwent chemotherapy inductions as a cure for his illness. Finally, his condition improved and towards the end of 2016, he was well enough to return to school. He continues to visit AKUH for monitoring and check-ups.
"People told us not to come to the Aga Khan University Hospital because we will not be able to afford it. I am so glad we followed our own plan and came here. The support we received here was beyond our expectations in every way," recalls Ahmed's mother.
Today Ahmed can look forward to a healthy and stable life and, hopefully, becoming a pilot someday.
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