Mo Salah's family hailed for saving Egypt hospital from closure

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The family of Egyptian Premier League footballer

Mohamed Salah

have been praised after stepped in to save a local hospital department from closure in the Nile Delta town of

Basyoun

, according to Egyptian media.

Salah Ghaly, the father of the Liverpool sports star, was contacted by local authorities who informed him of the hospital's problems due to lack of funds, including that it was set to lose some of its important machinery, including a vital X-ray device.

Ghaly promptly donated much needed funds to save the X-ray department from shuttering, promising to get the machinery working as quickly as possible.

Salah, who now earns a £90,000 a week salary, has not forgotten his humble beginningsin Nagrig, a Delta village that lies next to Basyoun.

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Last year, the 27-year-old donated 900,000 Egyptian pounds (55,000 USD) worth of medical equiment to the facility, including ventilators, a heart monitoring device and the renovation of the intensive care unit.

Through his charitable foundation, he paid for the first ambulance in the area, and supplied medical equipment to local health centres.

The footballing icon is also funding the construction of a youth centre, girls' school and medical centre in his hometown, which has earned him the nickname "the happiness maker".

Salah also returns every Ramadan with his local-born wife Magi to distribute more funds to where they are needed in the local area.

The Champions League winner has also funded an all-weather pitch and gym equipment for students at his old school.

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