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'Thank god, our daughter is fine now'

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | August 01, 2003 10:44 IST
Last Updated: August 01, 2003 13:21 IST

Noor with her mother leaving the hospital in Bangalore on Thursday -- AFP/Getty ImagesAs the Delhi-Lahore bus carrying Baby Noor, hermother Tayyeba, father Nadeem Sajjad and other passengersrolled out of the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar bus terminus at the Delhi Gate, the little girl wearing a big bamboo cap waved a tiny hand to say her goodbyes to the people gathered to see her off.

The cameramen jostled with each other to capture the moment for their newspapers and television networks -- it was a moment, many believe, that could bring India and Pakistan closer.

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"I would be happy if Noor becomes a symbol of friendship between India and Pakistan," Nadeem Sajjad told before boarding the bus for his return journey home.

Nadeem and Tayyeba patiently posed before flashing cameras and answered questions from reporters as other passengers looked admiringly at Noor, snug in her mother's lap.

"We had come to India with hope and we are now returning to ourland with a healthy child. The love and affection that the people of India, the media in particular, has showered on us has been simply superb. There are no words to express our gratitude. We have got a 40 kg packet full of greeting cards...and email messages that we got during our stay in Bangalore while our darling went through the surgery and spent more then ten days in post-operative care unit.

Dr Rajesh [Sharma, who operated upon Noor] had been simply fabulous. We are indebted to the hospital authorities and the staff who tookcare of our daughter. We wish other children from Pakistan, who suffer from similar diseases of heart, can come and get operated upon in India," said Nadeem.

Residents of Lahore, the couple is now looking forward to meeting their other two children Teheen Nadeem (6) and Mahrukh Nadeem (4).

"I have been missing my other two children and my family. I will wait till the evening to be with them," Tayyeba said shifting Noor from one arm to the other.

She thanked B D Jagdish, a well known painter from Bangalore, who did a special painting for her daughter.

"We are grateful to him for giving Noor a wonderful gift whichdepicts parents with a child, a heart and the flags of India and Pakistan. It was a touching moment for us," she recalled.

Baby Noor was born on December 5, 2000.

"Doctors told us that she had two holes in her heart. She was on medicines from day one but we had to wait till she grew up a littleas surgery at that stage could have been dangerous. We spent asleepless night the day before she was to be operated upon. She was crying for food in the middle of the night. But the doctors had told us that nothing was to be given to her.

It was tough on me but Ihad to do it. She knew nothing about the operation. But she withstood the operation very well. Allah ka shukar hai hamari bacchi theek ho gayee (Thank god, our daughter is fine now)," Tayyeba said.

Though the couple arrived with the child an hour before the scheduled departure of the bus, they did not have a moment to themselves. But then, Noor is a small celebrity now and the hopes of two countries ride on her tiny shoulders.

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Sub: glad to know abt kid.. but lets not forget militancy

I am glad that a kid is given life, may god(or allah) bless the kid. But this is how we are going to get into ...

Posted by bhasker

Sub: Noor

It good that the child has gone healthy. But this media attention is unnecessary, and so is the enthu of Indians ( Pakis never had ...

Posted by Dhaval

Sub: we proved it again....

we the Indians are always have kind heart and we proved it again....i hope and pray the God that this should bring friendship between we ...

Posted by k.nathan

Sub: Forget the 'Noor' hype,be practical.

Its useless to speak about better relations.All pakis are basically back stabbers.Have you forgotten Kargil? Or recent attacks by the ISI backed LeT? Or the ...

Posted by anand

Sub: This news made my day today.....yippie....

This great piece of news about how a patient is cured and is leaving the hospital; this is going to make my day today..... I ...

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