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A popular veterinary surgeon in Dubai, who has saved the lives of thousands of pets – many of them free of charge – over the last three decades is now struggling to get his own illness treated.
Dr Matt Pietrak, a Polish expat who runs the Desert Veterinary Clinic in Dubai, suffered a relapse of cancer this April and ever since has been grappling to pay for his chemotherapy sessions.
Admitted to a public hospital, the 61-year-old who has served Dubai Municipality and Dubai Zoo said he was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 but managed to turn the corner with help from friends. But just when he thought the worst was over, he was diagnosed with a relapse – this time with a form of lymphoma – for which he has been prescribed six cycles of chemotherapy.