Afghan bodybuilding star losing battle for life
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A former Afghan bodybuilding champion, who took part in many international competitions and brought laurels home, has seen deterioration in his conditions and is currently being treated in a Pakistani hospital.
Abdul Jabbar, 33, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview from his hospital bed in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, that no official had inquired after his health back in Afghanistan.
He said he was known to all when he was the champion, but now there was no one to even ask about his health condition.
Lying on a bed at the civil hospital, Jabbar’s both kidneys have stopped working and the former bodybuilder cannot afford his treatment.
Jabbar said he had been associated with bodybuilding for the past 18 years and had participated in many competitions inside and outside of the country.
He finished runner up in a 2002 competition in Pakistan and became Mr. Afghanistan in 2009. After that, Jabbar went to India and took part in an international event and stood third. “Then I went to Thailand and got sixth position for Afghanistan among a number of countries.”
The ailing star said all he did was for his country, but now he had reached a situation where he could not afford his treatment.
Jabbar said doctors had told him he would die if he did not undergo a kidney transplant surgery.
When Jabbar fell ill he went to Karachi and got admitted in a hospital where he spent 150,000 Pakistani rupees on his treatment and then moved to the Quetta hospital because he had no more money to continue his treatment at the Karachi hospital.
Jabbar said the kidney transplant surgery required two million afghanis which he said was beyond his affordability.
The bodybuilder admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, but said he had stopped using them five years ago. “I don’t know if the drugs had affected my kidneys or there were other reasons.”
“But I built my body for the country and the nation and brought laurels home. The government should save my life and not let me die helpless.”
His brother Abdul Samad told Pajhwok Afghan News his brother was seriously ill and his treatment required a huge amount of money which they could not afford.
He said they would lose their brother if his ailment was ignored, urging the government and well-off people in Kandahar to come to his rescue.
Kandahar sports department official Mohammadullah Gulalai told Pajhwok Afghan News that Abdul Jabbar was one of the leading athletes but now he was direly sick and his both kidneys had failed.
He said the sports department lacked resources to support his treatment but they had contacted through social media and directly traders and others for the purpose.
He said Jabbar needed kidney transplant which required a big amount of money, asking the government and other authorities concerned to facilitate his treatment.
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