DUBAI: The wish of a seven-year-old cancer-stricken Indian boy came true when Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan met him in a heart-touching gesture and posted their picture on social media.
Abdullah Hussain from Hyderabad, suffering from third stage cancer, had expressed his wish on social media to meet his idol Sheikh Hamdan, following which he was featured in a TV news report, the Gulf News reported.
"Shaikh Hamdan is so cool, adventurous and so kind. I want to meet his pets and I want to see his dresses," Abdullah said in a video while carrying a banner that read: "I am your fan Shaikh Hamdan. I want to meet you. I love Fazza."
Abdulla is a 7 years old with 3rd stage cancer from India , his wish was to meet Sheikh Hamdan and today that wish was fulfilled. We hope to see him well soon, Stay Strong. pic.twitter.com/6CSHFgVSvC— قروب فزاع (@groupfazza) March 6, 2020
Speaking to Gulf News following the family's meeting with Sheikh Hamdan on Friday, Abdullah's mother Nausheen Fatima expressed the joy and gratitude of the boy and his family.
"Abdullah is all smiles after meeting His Highness. It was my boy's biggest wish to meet him. Alhamdulillah, it has come true."
She said the young fan has grown fonder of his idol after the meeting which went viral on social media after Sheikh Hamdan posted his picture with Abdullah on Instagram with the caption "Met this courageous boy today."
"He has met his real-life hero and all of us are so happy about this heart-touching initiative by the Crown Prince," said Nausheen.
She said the family was touched by "Sheikh Hamdan's simplicity, kindness, the way he talked to Abdullah and his younger brother Ahmed, and his polite and playful nature.
"He first hugged Abdullah and said he is very happy to see him. He said Abdullah is very strong and advised us to encourage him to stay positive and always stand by him as a family."
She said Sheikh Hamdan asked details about Abdullah's treatment and the plans ahead.
"He is very generous. It didn't feel like we were talking to the Crown Prince."
Abdullah's father Mohd Tajamul Hussain, a businessman, had brought over a portrait of Sheikh Hamdan with a horse and golden replica of Charminar, an iconic monument in Hyderabad, for gifting them to the Crown Prince.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohd Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince - a royal leader with a human touch, full of kindness.— ASHISH MEHTA, LAWYER (@theashishmehta) March 8, 2020
Meets 7 years old Indian boy battling cancer pic.twitter.com/lMI9HUEbXe
Sheikh Hamdan received the gifts and posed for pictures with the family during the 15-minute meeting, said Nausheen.
After that, the family spent more than an hour with Sheikh Hamdan's pets. Abdullah was thrilled to see the giraffes, gazelles and elephants.
"He played with the elephants by feeding them and he also sat on the thigh of an elephant. Though he had been to zoos earlier, he had never got such a chance,"Nausheen was quoted as saying.
Nausheen shared the story of how it all began.
Though his parents knew about Shaikh Hamdan and his mother was following him on Instagram, it was through YouTube that Abdullah first watched a video of Sheikh Hamdan, she said.
It was in January after the grade one student stopped going to school due to his illness that he started spending his time watching YouTube videos.
The family had discovered his disease in December after a lump appeared in his neck and started growing big.
"It was only after the surgery and biopsy that we got to know about his disease. He still doesn't know about it. After the news report came out, he was asking about cancer. We only told him that he has some bad cells in his body."
Nausheen said Abdullah instantly became a Fazza fan.
"He kept on watching many videos about him and started saying he is his hero. He badly wanted to see him."
During the exhausting course of chemotherapy, she said the parents took the name of Shaikh Hamdan and Avengers superheroes to divert Abdullah's attention to ease his pain.
"I used to say what if the Sheikh calls you soon and he would turn happy and hopeful."
She said the family is grateful that their ailing son's wish has been granted.