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TNN | Aug 30, 2015
Mumbai: Saba Ahmed, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was rushed to Mumbai due to complications of a rare genetic disorder, was well enough within a week to attend a support group meeting on Saturday.

Ordinary Mumbaikars raised over Rs 3.5 lakh through a crowd-funding effort to help the teenager fly into Mumbai last week from Karachi for treatment of Wilson's Disease. Her mother Nazia said, "We found out she had Wilson's disease 18 months ago. When doctors back home told me that Saba would never again speak or walk, we came to Mumbai."

With the right medications, Saba has started improving and already shows signs of speech. "Dr Aabha Nagral from Jaslok Hospital has done a lot for my daughter. Though we are from Karachi, we have been welcomed and treated like family," she added.

Wilson's disease is an inherited disorder in which excessive amounts of copper accumulate in the body, particularly in the liver, brain and eyes. Patients suffer from neurological and behavioural symptoms and are usually bedridden by the time they reach their late teens. "Patients, families and doctors require patience and courage as the process is slow and differs from person to person. The patient can get back to normal life but medications and treatment help and need to be continued throughout life," said neurologist Dr Pettarusp Wadia at the meeting, organized by Child Liver Foundation.

Dr Nagral of the Child Liver Foundation said, "These support group meetings of rare diseases are of great importance, both to create awareness and to impress upon the family that they are not alone."

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