Overcoming Adversity: Haemophilia-Stricken Dr. Abbas Seeks to Scale Greater Heights


The remarkable journey of a student from Urdu medium schools in Mumbai is a testament to the power of resilience and perseverance.

Mohammad Alamullah | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — In a remarkable display of determination and perseverance, Dr. Momin Muhammad Mustafa Muhammad Abbas, a resident of Govandi in Mumbai’s Shivaji Nagar area, defied the odds by pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor despite battling haemophilia, a rare genetic disorder. 

Dr. Abbas, who completed his primary education at Shivaji Nagar Municipal Urdu School, has recently graduated with an MBBS degree from the city’s Grant Government Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, and is now preparing for the NET PG exam to pursue MD.

Dr. Abbas’s journey is one marked by resilience and unwavering dedication to his academic pursuits. Despite the challenges posed by his medical condition, he remained steadfast in his commitment to education. Reflecting on his journey, Dr. Abbas said: “I have seen the disease and the hospital very closely since my childhood due to haemophilia. During my hospital visits I used to see other patients and doctors, and the idea of becoming a doctor came to me in my childhood.”

His path to success was not without hurdles. Dr. Abbas navigated through various educational institutions, facing both academic and health-related challenges along the way. Initially attending Shivaji Nagar Municipal Urdu School No. 4, he later transferred to Municipal Urdu School No. 5 near Lotus Colony due to health concerns stemming from the proximity of a creek and dumping ground surrounding the former. Despite these disruptions, Dr. Abbas excelled academically, securing 88.88% in his SSC exams in 2015 and 70% in his HSC exams in 2017.

Undeterred by setbacks, Dr. Abbas relentlessly pursued his passion for gaining medical knowledge. He successfully passed the NET exam on his second attempt in 2018, earning admission to Grant Government Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals. Throughout his medical education, he maintained a commendable academic record, securing 68% marks in MBBS.

Dr. Abbas’s journey is a testament to the power of resilience and the pursuit of one’s dreams against all odds. Despite grappling with periods of ill health, he remained focused on his goal of serving others through the field of medicine. “It was necessary to study to become a doctor. The same thought focused on studies rather than illness. However, by the age of 14-15, I had to stay in bed for at least one to two months every year due to haemophilia. Despite this, I was not disappointed,” Dr. Abbas said.

Looking ahead, Dr. Abbas is determined to continue his academic journey to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others. “God willing, I will continue my studies with the aim of serving the people. I believe that education is the key to success,” he said.

Dr. Abbas’s remarkable story inspires all, highlighting the transformative power of perseverance, determination, and the unwavering pursuit of one’s aspirations, regardless of the challenges encountered along the way.

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