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Dubai’s Crown Prince Steps in to Pay for Cancer Patient’s Treatment

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has come to the aid of an Emirati man left with spiraling medical bills as he battles cancer. Khalifa Mohamed Rashid Da’fous Al Muhairi is receiving treatment for lung cancer in the US, the man revealed in a poignant video posted to his Instagram page, and had been told by doctors that his care would cost around SAR/AED 3 million. “It’s impossible to get approval for this treatment and I can’t save up for it,” he wrote, revealing that chemotherapy has so far not worked.

His appeal for help was spied on the social media platform by Dubai’s Crown Prince, who has 6.5 million followers. HH Sheikh Hamdan pledged to cover Al Muhairi’s costs, The National reports, after the Emirati needed experimental treatment following unsuccessful lung surgery. “You are brave, and we are with you,” the Dubai royal also commented on Al Muhairi’s post.

It’s not the royal’s first charitable move (nor is it likely to be his last); late last year, HH Sheikh Hamdan led a team collecting litter from the ocean floor in Dubai. The Crown Prince also helped launch a ‘Day for Dubai’ volunteering initiative in 2017, and in 2015 donated his US$6 million winnings from the Dubai World Cup to the Dubai Autism Centre. HH Sheikh Hamdan has also urged residents to donate blood, and last year launched a 30-day fitness challenge to help keep Dubai resident active.

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