Grangemouth minister’s hopes raised for Farah

Farah Javed
Farah Javed
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A minister is anxiously waiting for the go-ahead to bring his paralysed niece to Scotland for vital treatment.

The Rev. Aftab Gohar will have a meeting with a spinal injuries expert tomorrow (Friday) in the hope it will help cut through red tape.

His niece Farah Javed (23) was seriously injured in a terrorist attack on a Christian church in Peshawar, Pakistan, last September.

A total of 122 were killed in the attack on All Saints’ Church and more than 170 injured.

His hope she would be arriving soon were thwarted when a doctor who had been due to go out to Pakistan to assess Farah had to cancel his visit to tend to injured victims of the Clutha Bar incident in Glasgow.

Mr Gohar had just finished leading Sunday morning service at Grangemouth’s Abbotsgrange Church when he heard that his 79-year-old mother, niece, nephew and several other relatives and friends were among the victims of the Peshawar atrocity.

He and his wife Samina immediately flew to Pakistan where they found Farah, a beauty therapy student, was among the most seriously injured.

Concerned she was languishing in a government hospital with no hope of rehabilitation, on their return home the minister and his family launched a bid to bring her to this country.

The Falkirk Herald started an appeal fund to help pay for Farah and her mother, the minister’s sister, to come to Scotland and to cover their living expenses while here.

Individuals and organisations have been generous with their donations.

Mr Gohar said: “We are all overwhelmed by the response. Everywhere I go, people are asking me when she is coming here and I am thankful to God for so many showing her concern.

“I know we have better facilities here to help her and hope that she will be with us soon.”

He is due to meet David Allan, director of the spinal injuries unit at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, tomorrow to discuss Farah’s case.

Donations, made out to ‘Appeal Fund for Falkirk Herald’, can be sent to our office at Unit 4A, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth FK3 8WX.