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Arafat meets the Queen

Arafat attended a festive gathering at Clarence House with his mum and his Roald Dahl Nurse Janice, who works at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.


The visit was arranged through Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, of which Her Majesty The Queen is the Royal Patron.


Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity provides specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children and Yasir was one of the children supported by Roald Dahl Nurse Specialists invited to help The Queen to decorate the Christmas tree at Clarence House. The children also enjoyed a surprise visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer, and there was a wonderful performance by The Band and Bugles of The Rifles.


Yasir suffers with sickle cell disorder and has overcome pneumococcal meningitis, which he experienced at only 18 months old. After a month in intensive care, Yasir recovered from the meningitis and has learned to walk again, however the illness has left him profoundly deaf. He now communicates through sign language and has ongoing physiotherapy for his mobility.



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