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Ghulam Abbas’ last wish before the surgery, that would completely remove his stomach, was to gorge on a plate of chicken biryani.

Life was going on as usual until one day, the engineer needed to make a choice – choose a life without a stomach or die from stomach cancer.

After a long treatment to kill his cancer, he was advised that removing his stomach would be the best option. However, he had one wish before the surgery. “I asked the doctor if I could have chicken biryani as my last meal before the surgery. My wife prepared it and my brother carried it to the hospital. I sort of gorged on it,” he said.

Abbas has two children, a one-and-a-half-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter. He was diagnosed with stage three cancer after he walked into Rashid Hospital’s Gastroenterology clinic complaining of sudden weight loss and vomiting. Tests revealed that he had a huge tumour that covered almost his entire stomach.

“It’s the most devastating decision and yet the answer was clear, I had to do whatever it looks to save my life,” he said.

“I did not want my children to grow up without my presence; I did not want to lose the opportunity to see their milestones, watch them laugh, even fight. I was not going to give up on my family and me. I just wanted to hold on to life,” said Abbas.

“I had only one question. How would I be able to survive without a stomach?”

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