MacDonald Welcomes Intervention by Alex Salmond to Aid Peshawar Church Bomb Victim

MacDonald Welcomes Intervention by Alex Salmond to Aid Peshawar Church Bomb Victim

After the appeal made by the Falkirk Herald to help Reverend Aftab Gohar bring his niece to Scotland for treatment, MSP Angus MacDonald spoke to the First Minister Alex Salmond to raise the issue and see what assistance could be provided by the Scottish Government. 

The Reverend Aftab’s niece Farah, was left paralysed from the waist down after an incident involving a suicide bomb in Peshawar, in which other family members were lost.

The First Minister has arranged for Reverend Gohar to speak with specialists at the national spinal injuries service in Glasgow.  Thereafter appropriate arrangements may be made for Farah to travel to Scotland.

Angus MacDonald commented:

“The First Minister and the other ministers I contacted about this unfortunate incident have been most supportive to the Reverend Gohar and his family and are keen to assist in whatever way they can.

“The First Minister himself arranged contact between consultant neurosurgeon, Mr Eric Ballantyne at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, who decided that the most appropriate place of treatment would be the specialist spinal injuries unit at Glasgow.

“It is also heartening to know that there are many very caring people in Grangemouth who are actively raising funds to help bring Farah to Scotland.
“It is my hope that arrangements can be progressed swiftly so Farah can be treated as quickly as possible.”

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