ABU DHABI // A 53-year-old Syrian expatriate unable to cover mounting hospital bills as she battles breast and bone cancer will now have all of of her treatment covered by an anonymous benefactor.
Three weeks ago Dalal Alali, who moved to the UAE four years ago after her husband was killed in an air raid back home, appealed to the public for help, The National reported.
Aside from monthly injections and chemotherapy sessions, costing about Dh5,000, and quarterly X-rays and blood tests, amounting to Dh12,000, there is also chemotherapy to consider – with the Dubai hospital where Dalal is being treated estimating it would cost Dh50,000.
The offer of help is one of the most generous made to Dar Al Ber Society this year, said Hisham Al Zahrani, manager of social services.
“This gift will improve the patient’s quality of life.”
This year, Dar Al Ber has covered the treatment costs of 1,139 patients suffering from various illnesses, including those in need of kidney transplants. The society also receives donations to cover costs, which totalled Dh9.8 million in 2015.