Health
 Pakistan
Project #8228

Helping Arthritis Patients Fight Disability

by Fatima Memorial Hospital
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes premature death, disability, and lowers the quality of life in the industrialized and developing world. RA is a systemic inflammatory disease that manifests itself in multiple joints in the body. This inflammation usually affects the lining of the joints (synovial membrane), but can also affect other organs.

 

Children are equally affected by the diseases and many children are waiting for treatment otherwise they will be crippled for life. ACF is currently donating Enbrel to these children worth Rs.400,000 approximately. ENBREL is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms, keeping joint damage from getting worse, and improving physical function in patients

 

Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) is working in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore and serving many patients who cannot afford the treatment expenses.

 

If ACF had not provided this treatment, this children would be in a lot of pain and this has only been possible through the support of generous donors. Fatima Memorial Hospital hopes to continue its noble mission, please donate generously.

Naureen
Naureen

Life comes at you in so many ways that you look back and wonder what happened and how it happened. The life of Noreen is something like that, she lost her sister to LUPUS last year as she couldn’t afford the treatment and complicated issues. Losing a sibling is never easy, the companion of your earliest memories and the love that never can be replaced.

Noreen herself is a patient on LUPUS and her future looked equally bleak but she is being supported by Arthritis Care Foundation & Fatima Memorial Hospital and taking medication (MMF) which costs around PKR 21,000.  While she is still suffering from the disease, the medication has helped her from now developing renal failure and she can live a semblance of normal life.

 Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) is working in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore and serving many patients who cannot afford the treatment expenses.

If ACF had not provided this treatment, she would be in a lot of pain and this has only been possible through the support of generous donors. Fatima Memorial Hospital hopes to continue its noble mission, please donate generously.

Before Treatment
Before Treatment

Sometimes the reality of life breaks your heart; this was the case when this 24 year old young boy who couldn't walk without crutches due to ‘Ankylosing Spondylitis‘. His treatment was expensive and he couldn’t afford it. However, the Arthritis Care Foundation sponsored his both hip replacement surgeries worth Rs.290, 000. Today is able to walk again and live a normal life.

The disease can strike at any time and without proper care can lead to severe disabilities affecting patients for a lifetime. However, today through early diagnosis and extensive treatment rheumatologists can significantly help prevent disability and death in patients suffering from rheumatic diseases.

Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) is working in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore and serving many patients who cannot afford the treatment expenses.

If ACF had not provided this treatment, he would have not been able to walk; this has only been possible through the support of generous donors. Fatima Memorial Hospital hopes to continue its noble mission, please donate generously.

After Treatment
After Treatment
Razia
Razia

Walking is such an essential part of life and we love to take long walks in the parks , running and jumping in the fields. We enjoy these joy of life and consider them a normal part of our lives but this is not the case for so many.  

God has given us all his blessings and we should be thankful to him on bestowing them upon us. 

There are many people who can’t walk due to physical problems or disability in the legs by birth, accidents or some other problems. 

 This is the story of Razia and she is a teacher by profession.  She is 33 years old and is a patient of Psoriatic Arthritis for the last 12 years due to which she could not walk as the pain was unbearable when tried.  She came to the Rheumatology department of Fatima Memorial Hospital which works in collaboration with the  Arthritis Care Foundation and diagnosed her illness  and advised her to start her treatment.

Given her family background, the expensive treatment required was not affordable by her family. Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) is bearing all her treatment expenses and Sponsoring Enbrel Injections which costs around Rs. 516,250. Today, she is improving day by day and is able to walk towards a better life.

Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) was established in 2001 and working in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital. ACF is helping poor and needy patients since 2007 and has treated many patients till date.  ACF wants to continue this cause but it can only be possible due to the people like you.

 

Please help us and donate generously so that we can help poor arthritis patients and make them walk again. 

Before Treatment
Before Treatment

In our hearts, we all like to think we can understand what someone is going through when he or she is not able to walk, not able to reach out and open the windows or simply take a stroll in a starry night. What it feels to be denied the simple pleasures of life is simply unimaginable – the more we try to understand the more we will fail to see the immense immeasurable pain someone on a wheelchair goes through every day. 

The picture you see is of young Abdullah who was destined to spend his life in wheelchair and didn’t foresee anything that could change his current predicament but only after a few months of treatmentat ACF he has started walking and getting better day by day  

Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) is working in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore and serving many patients who cannot afford the treatment expenses.

If ACF had not provided this treatment, he would have not been able to walk; this has only been possible through the support of generous donors. Fatima Memorial Hospital hopes to continue its noble mission.

This has only been possible through the generous support of donors like you which enables us to continue with our mission.

The disease can strike at any time and without proper care can lead to severe disabilities affecting patients for a lifetime. However, today through earlydiagnosis and extensive treatment Rheumatologists can significantly help prevent disability and death in patients suffering from rheumatic diseases.

These stories give us hope and the strength to continue with our mission. 

Please donate today and change lives.

After treatment
After treatment
 

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Fatima Memorial Hospital

Location: Lahore, Punjab - Pakistan
Website: http:/​/​www.fmsystem.org
Project Leader:
Dr. Shabrnum Sarfraz
Chief Operating Officer
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
$2,167 raised of $50,000 goal
 
 
33 donations
$47,833 to go
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