Sunday, January 21, 2018

Drama over Haleema donations *

Presentation: Stefan Chin, centre, son of Movietowne chairman Derek Chin, presents Haleema Mohammed with a donation at MovieTowne, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain, on Friday. From left are Haleema’s father, Hamil Mohammed, Dr Fuad Khan, mother Kristal Mohammed and attorney ­Gerald Ramdeen. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

IT started off as an inspirational story of generosity and selflessness exhibited by people who donated to help send five-year-old Haleema Mohammed to ­India for critical surgery.

Now it has degenerated into a war of words between Haleema's parents and businessman Inshan Ishmael over who donated the most.

Haleema's mother, Cristal Mohammed, told the Sunday Express yesterday she is now considering giving back every cent raised by Ishmael.

Just one day earlier, Mohammed had expressed gratitude to people who donated to raise $400,000 needed for Haleema to undergo treatment in India for beta thalassaemia—a blood disorder.

Haleema had been denied funding from the Children's Life Fund Authority, which said the condition was not life-threatening.

On Friday, several corporate entities made donations, including businessman Stefan Chin, who presented the family with a $20,000 cheque.


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