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CMC, Vellore, others offer to treat Pakistani girl

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, APRIL 6. The Christian Medical College, Vellore has offered to treat a Pakistani girl, Huba Shahid, in response to an appeal by the Indian cricket team to cancer specialists back home.

The daughter of a Lahore-based journalist Shahid Siddique Chhina, Huba Shahid, 10, has been suffering from Rhabdomyosarcoma (facial cancer).

In a communication to The Hindu, Dr. George M. Chandy, Director, CMC, has said, " I am writing on behalf of the Christian Medical College, Vellore, in South India, which is one of the leading medical institutions in the country. We read the newspaper report (The Hindu, April 6) by the Indian cricket team for medical help for Ms. Huba Shahid, who has been diagnosed as suffering from Rhabdomyosarcoma."

Dr. Chandy said the facilities required to treat the disease were available at the Vellore hospital and the staff would be happy to help Ms. Shahid. He also requested that the information be passed on to the Manager of the Indian team, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty.

The Hindu has faxed the CMC Director's letter to Prof. Shetty at Lahore.

Several other medical institutions have also offered to help the girl. The Manipal Hospital (Bangalore) among them.

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