Red Crescent Society donates Dhs89,000 to Dubai Thalassemia Centre
22/12/2014 3:05 pm EDT


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The Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai branch, recently donated Dhs89,000 for the purchase of corono pump machines for Thalassemia patients who are facing financial difficulties and cannot afford to buy the machine.

Abdulla Ahmad Amoeni, In-charge of Support department at the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai Branch, presented the cheque to Dr Khawla Belhoul, Director of the Thalassemia Centre in presence of Dr Essam Dohair, Outreach Coordinator at the Thalassemia centre and other senior officials.

Dr Khawla Belhoul, Director of the Thalassemia Centre said: “Thalassemic patients suffer from excess iron levels due to recurrent blood transfusions. Excessive iron can cause several complications such as decline in heart function, liver failure, and failure of other organs. Excessive iron in extreme cases can even result in death. Therefore it is important to get rid of iron overload in Thalassemic patients and this is done with the help of a corono pump machine, which is a small device that is battery operated and can be easily used by the patient.”

She said: “Medication is put in the machine and a syringe is connected which gradually drips medicine into the patient’s body. The machine is strapped onto the patient and the patient can carry it for either 12 hours or even 24 hours as required, to correct the levels of excessive iron in the body.”

Dr Belhoul said: “We sincerely appreciate the noble gesture of The Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates. This donation will help better the lives of these patients. Our aim is to ensure that our patients can live free of complications and lead a normal life to the best extent possible and it is through the support and commitment of such organizations that we can improve the lives of our patients.”

Amoeni from Dubai’s Red Crescent said: that “Such initiatives are part of the charity’s mission and that he hopes patients will be able to benefit from this machine and lead a healthier life.”

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