Woman injured in church bombing on verge of flying to UK for treatment thanks to Falkirk Herald campaign

Farah Javed with her uncle Rev. Aftab Gohar in Pakistan in April this year
Farah Javed with her uncle Rev. Aftab Gohar in Pakistan in April this year

A Falkirk Herald campaign to bring a seriously injured woman to the UK for treatment looks like it will finally succeed.

The plight of Farah Javed, who was left paralysed after a church bombing in Pakistan a year ago, touched the hearts of readers.

The 24-year-old is the niece of the Rev. Aftab Gohar, Church of Scotland minister at Abbotsgrange Church in Grangemouth.

Thousands of pounds flooded in to the fund set up in the wake of the atrocity at Peshawar’s All Saint’s Church on September 22 last year.

Over 120 people were killed and 168 injured in the attack, with Mr Gohar’s 79-year-old mother, niece, nephew and several other relatives amongst the victims.

However, the plans to bring Farah to the UK seemed to have hit the buffers when it appeared there was no possible treatment available.

But this week came the news that a hospital is prepared to assess her.

Yesterday, Farah’s grateful uncle said: “At last there is hope.”

Donations for the Farah Javed Appeal range from a pensioner’s £5 to £10,000 from a fundraising dinner.

That was organised by Grangemouth 1333 (Spitfire) Squadron Air Cadets. The Rev. Aftab Gohar is their padre.

And it is mainly thanks to the unstinting efforts of Flight Lieutenant Tom McMorrow from the squadron that medical experts at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham have agreed to assess Farah.

Clinicians have asked to see her most recent medical records and work is now underway to clear the necessary red tape to allow Farah and her mother to come to the UK.

Mr Gohar said: “I don’t know whether she will get treatment which will allow her to walk, but at least she will get assessed over here and hopefully get help.”

Farah was recently in an intensive care unit in Pakistan suffering from a serious infection.

Her uncle added: “This week, the first annniversary, old wounds have opened again both mentally and spiritually. But we now have hope and, thanks to Tom McMorrow’s efforts, there seems to be a way forward for Farah.”