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She was diagnosed with severe acute leukemia in March and her chemotherapy sessions began the following month.



Published: Monday, September 18, 2023, 2:06 p.m.

Last update: Monday, September 18, 2023, 11:14 p.m.

A member of Dubai’s royal family has paid a personal visit to a four-year-old patient named Hamdan, who is being treated for severe acute leukemia at a private hospital in Sharjah.

Hamdan was diagnosed with the disease in March and his chemotherapy sessions began the following month. In the midst of his challenging treatment, when asked what he would want as a gift, the young wrestler expressed his desire to meet a member of the Dubai royal family.

The Emirates Red Crescent got their wish. Sheikh Butti Al Saeed Al Maktoum, representing the Maktoum family, personally visited Hamdan in the hospital. Sheikh Butti gave him gifts and heartfelt wishes for a healthy future.

While Hamdan is ecstatic, his mother is deeply touched by the royal family’s kind gesture.

“We were deeply touched by their generosity,” he said.

Recalling the tumultuous journey of the past few months, he noted that the health problem began with a fever. “We rushed him to the hospital, where his pediatrician treated him with antibiotics. We were relieved when he was discharged, thinking that his fever would subside.”

However, a week later, the fever returned, this time bringing with it swollen lymph nodes in Hamdan’s neck and a rapid increase in the size of his abdomen.

“It was a nightmare. It was like our world had turned upside down.”

Hamdan was readmitted to the hospital and the pain in his bones was unbearable. “My heart hurt to see him suffering so much. “He had always been a healthy and happy child, full of life and laughter,” he added.

Simple blood tests revealed results that shocked them.

“The abnormal findings hinted at something much more sinister.”

Hamdan was referred to the pediatric hematology and oncology department at NMC Royal Hospital Sharjah, where a bone marrow aspirate uncovered the devastating truth: acute leukemia. In April, he began treatment with extremely aggressive chemotherapy, numerous medications administered intravenously, and an intrathecal lumbar puncture injection for prophylaxis of his brain and central nervous system.

Dr. Nancy Nabil, a pediatric oncology specialist, praised Hamdan’s bravery in facing intensive chemotherapy, describing him as a “remarkably strong fighter.”

“When Hamdan arrived at our apartment, it was a critical moment. His diagnosis was shocking, especially for such a young child,” said Dr. Nabil, who has played a pivotal role in Hamdan’s fight against cancer.

Hamdan’s journey through consolidation chemotherapy was not without obstacles, including complications with his portacath.

“But he overcame them all with remarkable resilience.”

And when they asked for some special gift, instead of asking for toys or gifts, he wanted to meet Sheikh Hamdan. “We were deeply moved by his response,” Dr. Nabil noted.

His room was festively decorated by hospital staff with balloons and gifts for the special visit. The other patients waiting in the hallway, amazed by the personal visit, were welcomed by Sheikh Butti and his entourage.

As Hamdan enters the final phase of his extraordinary journey, facing 18 more months of follow-up treatment, his mother noted that it has been full of “unimaginable challenges and unexpected kindness.”

“We hold on to hope, knowing that our love and the support of our community will guide us.”

Dr Nabil added: “Hamdan’s resilience serves as an inspiration to us all. His story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.”



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