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A 17-year-old Pakistani girl with a disability is poised to become the world’s youngest quadriplegic after undergoing surgery to attach metal bars to her back.
Sharmeen Obaid, born with a spinal cord defect, was left paralysed after a botched appendectomy at the age of 6. She has since had four back operations and is awaiting another round of treatment, her parents said.
The family, from Lahore, Pakistan, are pleading with the government to raise welfare payments for disabled children.
“She is the world’s youngest quadriplegic — nobody else has ever been admitted to such a hospital,” said her mother, Rabia Begum. “She will lose her arms and legs one after the other and eventually die.”
Mr. Obaid said the family have no plans of abandoning their daughter, which some see as a selfish decision.
“She was carried to the hospital on a stretcher, but we didn’t know that her legs would be affected, or that she would become a quadriplegic,” he said. “We were helpless, watching the time pass by, but nothing could be done.”
The girl was paralysed from the neck down, and was unable to breathe, after an inflammation of her stomach caused a severing of the nerves that carry her diaphragm and heart. Her neck was also badly affected and she was deaf.Over the past several decades, advances in biotechnology have resulted in the development of novel and enhanced vaccines that have had a profound impact on the safety, efficacy and efficacy of vaccines in terms of disease prevention in humans. Examples of these technologies include genetic engineering of a target antigen that includes identification of T and B epitopes through computational … Read the rest