Indian singer to help ailing Pakistani baby
NEW DELHI: An Indian singing prodigy offered on Saturday to help raise funds for a two-year-old Pakistani girl with a hole in the heart who travelled here for treatment in the first bus from Pakistan in 18 months.
Eleven-year-old Palak Muchhal along with Indian doctor Vinod Bhandari asked baby Noor Fatima’s parents to come to Indore in Madhya Pradesh for the surgery.
“Palak and the hospital would bear the entire expense needed for plugging the hole in Fatima’s heart, as we have successfully done so in a number of cases earlier,” Bhandari told the Press Trust of India news agency.
They issued the appeal after reading about the baby in newspapers. Muchhal said she was eagerly awaiting an acceptance of her offer to give her an opportunity to help mend the ties between the two countries. The young singer has helped 99 other children raise money for heart surgery.
Muchhal, who cut an album when she was only nine, has put on hundreds of shows for charity around India. She sings a number of Hindi film tunes by heart and is studying both Indian classical music and ghazals, a vocal style rooted in Islamic mysticism that is popular in Pakistan.
Noor Fatima’s mother was taking her to India for treatment at a clinic in Bangalore. —AFP