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Saudi Gazette, Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kingdom

Makkah

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PRAYER TIME

CITY

FAJR SUNRISE DHUHR

ASR MAGHREB ISHA

inhigh/low °C

Today

Tomorrow

Monday

Riyadh

38

/30

38

/28

35

/27

Makkah

37

/27

33

/30

32

/28

Madinah

40

/32

39

/32

39

/31

Jeddah

42

/28

39

/26

39

/29

Dammam

35

/31

37

/31

35

/31

Abha

24

/18

22

/17

22

/17

Baha

39

/27

41

/27

43

/28

Tabuk

28

/17

31

/18

35

/20

Jazan

30

/21

39

/33

40

/33

Taif

33

/20

31

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30

/22

Yanbu

39

/28

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WEATHER FORECAST

IN BRIEF

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W

S

‘She’s just a child who

can’t express her pain’

S

AUDI nurse Abeer

Attalah Al-Anzi who

donated part of her liver

to Bashayir Al-Rashidi,

a toddler she had never

met before and was suffering from

cirrhosis of the liver since birth,

made media headlines early this

month.

The liver transplant took place

on Dec. 28, 2016.

Anzi, who is in her 20s, is

not related to Bashayir. When she

learned through Twitter that Ba-

shayir, who was at Prince Sultan

Medical City in Riyadh, needed

a donor, she responded to the ap-

peal and communicated with the

family.

Once Anzi confirmed the de-

tails of Bashayir’s health issues,

she decided to donate part of her

liver to the young girl.

Al-Arabiya.net

has now met

Anzi, who explained that what

motivated her to decide to give

away part of her liver, was the

photo of the child.

“Bashayir’s photo struck me;

I empathized with her. She was

just a child who cannot express

the pain she was feeling,” Anzi

said, adding at that very moment

“I made up my mind, and without

any hesitation contacted her father

to inform him of my decision.

That was four weeks ago.”

“The donation coordinator in

Fahd Al-Ahmari Hospital briefed

me points from the donation man-

ual prior to the surgery,” she said.

“But being a nurse I have a gener-

al idea about medical transplants.

The surgeons also thoroughly

explained to me all the aspects of

the surgery, which added to my

resolve.”

Umrah trip

“My mother blessed my deci-

sion, and my brother welcomed

it. My mom accompanied me for

Umrah before I headed to Riyadh

to do the medical tests, then back to

my city Al-Jouf,” Anzi said, detail-

ing her shuttling trips to undergo the

prerequisite medical tests ahead of

the surgery. “Then I traveled back

to Riyadh for more examinations

involving CT scan this time, and my

third and final trip was to undergo

A moving photo of toddler prompts Saudi nurse to donate her liver

the surgery,” she said.

“I was hospitalized for a

week. I have been to see Bashayir

after her discharge from the Inten-

sive Care Unit, prior to my return

home,” she continued.

The donor stressed that her

plucky, humane gesture was

meant neither to pull in media

spotlight nor to be officially rec-

ognized and awarded. However,

Anzi said she was stunned by the

care she received from govern-

ment officials, including Minister

of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, be-

sides an award ceremony held by

the hospital management.

Rabiah had praised Anzi as

“the finest example of humanitar-

ian work in saving the life of a

child.”

“I was bargaining for nothing

in return of my little grant, except

God’s compassion,” she affirmed.

A paradigm of generosity

Bashayir’s father Nafee Al-

Rashidi explained to Al-Arabiya.

net the moment he received the

donor’s first contact: “She was

particularly tenacious, her equa-

nimity and steadfast tone were

authentic. So I rushed to break the

good news to Bashayir’s mother.”

He commended Anzi’s phi-

lanthropy: “She had to fly quite

a few times to Riyadh, and even

had to travel by car. Neverthe-

less, she absolutely declined my

offer to reimburse the expenses…

she is dauntless, a paradigm of

generosity.”

Pride of family

Sultan, Anzi’s brother, ap-

plauded his sister in a phone inter-

view, saying: “She is my younger

sister, the pride of our family. Her

demeanor demonstrates how we

have been nurtured and raised to

be generous and kind by our cher-

ished mother.”

— Al-Arabiya English

MAKKAH

Girl students take over

bus after driver faints

Ashwaq Bakhsh and Fatima Al-Saab of Abi Urwah Girls’ Intermediate

and Secondary School in Al-Jumoom governorate are the talk

of the school. Everyone is praising their courage in rescuing 55

female students from danger when the bus driver fainted due to a

sudden drop in his blood sugar. Director of the Education Office in

Al-Jumoom Ruqayyah Al-Owaidhi presented the two schoolgirls with

letters of thanks and appreciation, describing their deed as “heroic”,

Okaz daily reported. The incident took place last week when the girls

were on their way home after school. When the driver fainted, the bus

veered off the road, causing the glass windows on the right side to

shatter. As the bus continued to roll forward, the two girls intervened

and stopped the bus. They were credited for saving the lives of fellow

students.

RIYADH

Businessmen briefed on lucrative

opportunities in heritage villages

Investors, media representatives and government officials were

briefed recently on the promising investment opportunities in the

traditional heritage villages, rural guest houses and agricultural

hostels in the tourist track in the north of Riyadh region. During

its tourism trip organized by the branch of Saudi Commission for

Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in Riyadh, the delegation saw

many historical sites and heritage and tourist places in Shaqra’a

governorate, Ashiqar center and Al-Qasab village, 180 kilometers

north of the capital Riyadh. The nearly 48 participants, consisting

of reporters, writers, academics, retired officers and businessmen,

enjoyed visiting a number of tourist, cultural and historical attractions

such as private museums, historical sites, heritage villages, popular

souqs and buildings of architectural heritage. They were also

briefed on the traditional crafts, famous products of craftsmen and

productive families in these sites as well as popular local food fare.

— SPA

Pilgrimage quota raised

About 180,000

Pakistanis to perform

Haj this year

A

S many as 179,210

people from Pakistan

will perform Haj this

year after the Saudi

authorities lifted a 20 percent

cut in pilgrim quotas allowed

for each country enforced five

years ago in view of the ongo-

ing expansion work in the Grand

Mosque in Makkah.

The Haj quota for Pakistani

pilgrims this year has been in-

creased, the country’s consulate

announced in a press release fol-

lowing a meeting between Paki-

stan’s Minister for Religious Af-

fairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf

with Minister of Haj and Umrah

Dr. Muhammad Salih Benten

in Jeddah Thursday. A formal

agreement to this effect was to

be signed later. The meeting was

also attended by Pakistan’s Sec-

retary Religious Affairs Khalid

Masood Chaudhry, Ambassador

of Pakistan Manzoorul Haq and

Director General of Haj Affairs

Dr. Syed Sajid Yousafani.

Sardar Yousaf is in Saudi

Arabia to finalize the arrange-

ments and other matters relating

to this year’s Haj.

While talking to his Saudi

counterpart the Sardar Yousaf

said the arrangements for Haj

2016 were excellent.

He congratulated Custodian

of the Two Holy Mosques King

Salman on the success of Haj

operations in 2016. He also

thanked the Saudi minister of

Haj and Umrah for his support in

increasing the quota for Pakistani

pilgrims.

On his part, Dr. Benten said

the Pakistani Haj office played an

important part in the preparations

with their Saudi counterparts and

“we are proud of them.”

He thanked Pakistan’s Haj

authorities for their efforts to

make last year’s Haj operation a

grand success and for providing

excellent services to the pilgrims.

— SG

Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf

meets with Minister of Haj and Umrah Muhammad Saleh Benten in

Jeddah on Thursday.