A Pakistani man in Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates, was able to return home and see his ill father with the help of his Filipino wife and the Sharjah Police.

Muneeb Ullah, 33, lost his job in July 2016 after his employer died. He was unable to find a job for a year and a half and thus violated UAE residency law, which resulted in fines that accumulated to 18,000 dirhams (US$4,900), Gulf News reported.

Ullah was also fined 50,000 dirhams for hiring a Filipino nanny who turned out to be an illegal resident. Because he and his Filipino wife were jobless at the time, he could not afford to pay the fines.

Recently, Ullah received a call from his family in Pakistan that his father, 93, was in the hospital and his health was deteriorating. Ullah won permission to go back to Pakistan by letting the Sharjah Police keep his wife’s passport.

The Sharjah Police and the Sharjah Foreign Affairs and Residency Department reduced his fine of 18,000 dirhams to 2,000 dirhams. Ullah’s wife also found a job and borrowed enough money to settle the outstanding fine.

“It is a miracle that I could see my father. I had not seen him since 2014 when he visited the UAE and stayed for three months,” Ullah said.

Ullah went to Pakistan and spent 18 days with his father, who was in an intensive care unit with partial paralysis.