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If only I were Indian (English translation of article published in Arabic on 4 March 2017)

March 21, 2017

By: Mostafa Hamdi/Al-Akhbar

Johann Goethe once said: "What is my life if I am no longer useful to others?” The officials in our country have never considered these words as we can conclude from the following story.

The Indian surgeon Muffi Lakdawala once received a message from an Egyptian citizen telling him that her sister, Eman Abdel Ati suffers from a hereditary disease causing her to gain so much weight (about 500 kg.) that she has been bedridden for 25 years.

The Indian doctor considered this a message from heaven to test his role in life. Hence, he came to Egypt to finalize the measures necessary for Eman to travel to India that she may undergo a surgery to put an end to her suffering. At the same time, he contacted the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj who interfered so that the Indian government may bear the costs of Eman’s treatment after EgyptAir refused to bear the costs of her transfer to Bombay.

The press everywhere featured Eman’s story. Consequently, the Indian superstar Salman Khan supported Eman as one of his fans and his mother donated a large sum of money for the treatment of the Egyptian young woman who is now in India. The Egyptian Prime Minister and the Minister of Health would not read this story. Yet, it would guide you, as an Egyptian citizen, in the right path if a disaster befalls you.

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