An eleven-year old Jordanian boy, Nabil Odeh from Bethlehem, went to the Royal Palace, November 8, to give thanks to the man who paid for his blindness to be cured ...
An eleven-year old Jordanian boy, Nabil Odeh from Bethlehem, went to the Royal Palace, November 8, to give thanks to the man who paid for his blindness to be cured ... King Hussein.
In an excited scene of moving gratitude the boy knelt and kissed the King's hand. The young monarch lifted the boy up by his arms and kissed him on the forehead.
Nabil, blinded at the age of two in an air-gun accident, has now partially recovered the sight in one eye. He was operated on by the Queen's oculist-surgeon, Sir Stuart Duke-Elder, at St George's Hospital, London, last October.
Penfriendship between Nabil and a housewife from Barnstaple, Devon, U.K., led to his treatment at the King's expense. Last Christmas, Mrs. Nina Trewin sent Nabil a recorder as a present. But it failed to arrive. King Hussein, on a visit to England, heard the story and offered to take another recorder home with him for Nabil. Later, he heard the boy play, and, touched by his blindness, offered to pay for his treatment.
His humane action has gained King Hussein much needed nation-wide pledges of loyalty to the throne.