Solar kids shifted to Lahore for further tests, treatment


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—After spending three weeks, the solar kids of Balochistan have been shifted to Lahore for further treatment. Talking to media, Vice Chancellor of the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (PIMS) said the boys have been shifted to Lahore for further treatment and tests. “We have also carried out a number of tests here and hope to get a clear picture of their disease shortly,” said he. Shoaib and Abdul Rashid, the solar kids as they are called, will be admitted at Centre of Excellence Molecular Biology (CEMB) Lahore where a team of highly qualified doctors would conduct their tests and treatment.
Being a unique case, it has been decided to prioritize their treatment and launch a website and upload details of the case and the course of treatment to I, said het. Johns Hopkins University in the USA and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in the UK have been approached and asked to collaborate in diagnosing the children. A well-known medical journal Lancet has also shown interest in publishing a study of the case,” the VC said. Dr Akram said that samples for five DNA analysis tests will be sent to the UK and USA in order to seek a second opinion and to help in diagnosing the case.
The case of the three brothers came to light late last month when reports emerged of them waking up normal and active every day and then losing energy as the day progressed with them being paralysed by sunset. Because they are only active during the day, the children were nicknamed ‘solar kids’ by the villagers. On Friday, they were called by President Mamnoon Hussain to the Aiwan-e-Sadr where President gave them and their father, Muhammad Hashim, a reception. However, Hashim was not happy after meeting the president.
“I had thought he would announce some assistance package for my children’s future and financial aid for the family, which did not happen,” he had reportedly told media. Ironically Hashim said this on the day when he received a cheque of Rs50,000 from the Managing Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh.
Besides, various media groups, individuals and organizations, philanthropists also supported him with money and paid expenses of his children’s medical bills, though most of them were government-sponsored.
The two older boys were first moved to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) before their departure for Lahore here on Sunday, and the younger of the siblings affected by the disease, who is just one-year old and has just started showing symptoms, is in the village with his mother.
State minister for Capital Development and Administration Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry had also paid a visit to the children in the hospital and announced that the government would be paying for the boys’ treatment, even if they were to be sent abroad.

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