Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has donated SAR500,000 ($133,000) to a paralysed man who used social media website Twitter to plead for help.
The man, known as Ibrahim, said he was lonely because his family had abandoned him several months after an accident 1½ years ago left his entire body paralysed.
“I need stem cell treatment in Germany to recover from my injury and hope for someone to visit me,” Ibrahim tweeted in Arabic on Sunday.
“I have become restless. My father and brothers have not visited me for three months.
“I look around and see other patients being visited by their relatives and friends.”
Thousands of people “favourited” and retweeted his comments, making it one of the most retweeted posts that day and catching the eye of Prince Alwaleed.
The billionaire prince, who is chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, then tweeted that he would donate SAR500,000 and personally handover the cash by visiting Ibrahim in hospital.
Other businessmen also reportedly pledged large donations.
Members of the public also responded to Ibrahim’s loneliness by visiting him at King Khaled Hospital, where he is bed-ridden.
Update May 14: Authorities at King Khalid Hospital, where
Ibrahim is a patient, have restricted his visits after an outpouring of
sympathy from people who read his Twitter pleas.
There had been a queue of people waiting to offer their
support after learning that his family could not visit him.
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