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Man praises NHS after nephew burned in gas explosion

Mohammad Sudais was just two months old when the explosion claimed the lives of his family.

Mohammad Sudais was just two months old when he was badly burned in a gas explosion in Pakistan.

The accident claimed the lives of his dad Mohammad Ameen, 30, mum Sumaira, 28, and 13-month-old brother Abdul Haseeb.

In February 2014, Mohammad was brought to Scotland by his uncle, Mohammad Asif, who lived in Glasgow.

Little Mohammad has recently undergone his 16th surgery since coming to Scotland.

His uncle praised the NHS and its staff for all the care his nephew has received over the past five years.

He said: "I'll never be able to say thank you enough.

"The staff are so kind - there is no way Mohammad would have survived without them.

"On behalf of my family, we would like to thank the humble doctors, the wonderful, magical NHS nurses and all the staff for their care and support of our boy."

Mohammad's most recent operation took nearly four hours.

A plastic surgeon carried out multiple reconstructive surgeries to strengthen Mohammad's lip and chin and expand his nostril.

He also expanded the skin on the left hand side of his face, which had become quite stretched.

After the plastic surgeon finished, the dentist then removed some teeth, which had been causing Mohammad some problems.

Mr Asif added: "Of all the surgeries, this one has been the most difficult for him because he understands what's happening.

"We use time out at home when Mohammad is being naughty.

"When the nurses came to take him away for the operation, he told me 'Baba, give them a time out.'"

Despite all the care, Mohammad still has nightmares from the memories of his childhood.

Mr Asif said: "He has grown to be such a happy and clever boy but still has night terrors.

"He has had these throughout his childhood after the explosion.

"He is the heart of our family. He rarely walks, always wants to run everywhere."

The family are hoping Mohammad will heal in time to start school in August.

He was nominated most brave pupil at his nursery graduation.

His uncle said despite his fear this time around in hospital, Mohammad told him he wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

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