MUMBAI: After undergoing a successful liver transplant at a hospital in the city, Pakistani boy Abdul Basit got his wish fulfilled when he met Dabangg actor Salman Khan.
Salman Khan is known for having a huge heart and funding charitable ventures. After his chart-buster flick Bajrangi Bhaijaan swept audiences off of their feet in both India and Pakistan, the Bollywood actor has also stepped up his efforts to strengthen bonds between India and Pakistan. Salman’s movie was instrumental in highlighting the unfortunate case of Geeta, the 23 year-old deaf and mute girl from India, who was stranded in Pakistan.
Most recently, Salman met a fan of his from Pakistan named Abdul Basit, who had undergone continuous phototherapy during the last two months. Abdul Basit was an 11 year-old child from Pakistan who had been affected with severe jaundice after his birth. The phototherapy was necessary to ward off brain damage and hearing loss as a result of the condition.
After being treated for two whole months, the boy was discharged from the hospital and was told to continue his treatment at home. As time passed by, his skin condition worsened and the light penetration also declined. After all options had failed and only a liver transplant was on the cards, the boy was referred to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
Anupam Sibal, senior consultant, paediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist and group medical director at Apollo Hospitals Group, explained how the new liver was beneficial for Abdul Basit: “With the new liver Abdul has received the enzyme he was not born with and his eyes are pearly white and he has finally bid adieu to his constant companion, the phototherapy unit.”
“The family expressed a desire to meet Salman Khan and were delighted that Abdul could meet his hero Salman in Mumbai,” he added.
Salman Khan met with Abdul Basit and his family on Monday. The Prem Ratan Dhan Payo star will next be seen in Sultan, a wrestling flick which will hit screens next year.