Shahzain, hailing from Thatta, was born one month
premature and for the first three months of his life,
remained extremely frail.
Shahzain suffered from malnutrition and struggled
with maintaining a healthy bodyweight. He was
regularly in and out of the hospital but fortunately
survived this fragile period and began growing and
gaining weight at a healthy pace.
Eighteen months later, Shahzain was visiting his
grandmother Nasima, who noticed that he was
extremely lethargic and unable to sit up properly.
She readily consulted a local doctor who prescribed
Shahzain blood tests for malaria, iron-levels, as well
as a complete blood count.
Nasima knew that the most reliable tests were done
at AKUH’s labs after her employer had taken her
there to get her checkup, but she was worried about
the cost of getting the tests done.
Upon reaching the lab, Nasima explained to the staff
her family’s strained financial circumstances and
was relieved to hear that they would be eligible for
Zakat, which would significantly reduce the cost
of the tests. Less than eight hours later, Nasima
received a call from AKUH Laboratories informing
her that Shahzain had malaria as well as a dangerously low haemoglobin count. The AKUH lab assistant also advised Nasima that Shahzain be treated
immediately as his situation could quickly deteriorate.
The family rushed the little boy to the hospital where
he was admitted and treated for five days. His
situation improved significantly and he is now gaining
weight again, and able to move around.
Timely and accurate diagnostics helped Shahzain get
access to quality healthcare when it mattered the most.
The Zakat programme at AKUH laboratories helps
many individuals, such as Shahzain, access reliable
diagnoses and treatment.
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