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Doctors cure ‘Solar kids’ who were unable to move or talk after sundown

01:19 PM | 7 May, 2016
Doctors cure ‘Solar kids’ who were unable to move or talk after sundown
LAHORE (Staff Report) - Two brothers were dubbed the "solar kids" due to their rare condition which had kept Pakistani doctors baffled for long.

Aged nine and 13, Shoaib Ahmed and Abdul Rashid were normal active children during the day. But once the sun went down, they both lapsed into a vegetative state - unable to move or talk - like ‘half dead’.

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Their rare condition earned them the name “solar kids” among locals.

Luckily the brothers, who were undergoing extensive medical testing in Islamabad on government expense, have been successfully treated at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), according to media reports.

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The efforts by doctors proved quite fruitful as the children appeared to be normal again on Friday night, the first time they were seen playing and behaving like regular children after sundown, according to PIMS Vice Chancellor and Head of medical board, Dr. Javed Akram.

Samples of their blood have been sent to overseas specialists for further examination. Researchers are also collecting soil and air samples from the family's home village in Balochistan for research.

Father of the affected children, Mohammad Hashim, was overjoyed after his children's successful treatment.

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The family comes from a village near Quetta. Hashim had married his first cousin and had six children together. Two of them died at an early age. The other two children have not displayed any unusual symptoms.

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The successful treatment gives a new hope to the impoverished family. "I will become a teacher," Shoaib Ahmed told media at the hospital, while his younger brother said he wanted to become an Islamic scholar.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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