This father has not been able to go to work for the last 9 monthsYona works as a driver in a small village near Kurnool. Last January, as he prepared to get operated upon, he decided to get a health checkup for his oldest daughter Blessy because she had lost a lot of weight and looked dull. Blessy was asked to be admitted immediately because she had jaundice. To the parents’ horror, in just a week, they were told Blessy was in the final stage of liver damage and needed an immediate liver transplant.
“I haven’t gone to work a single day since then. I have to arrange for rare and unavailable medicines for my daughter. She is running a constant fever. She has nosebleeds and her whole body swells up. Every third day, we rush to the hospital and save her from the brink. I can’t leave her because anything can happen at any time. My wife keeps begging me to save Blessy, she fears she will lose her life before we can save Blessy,”—Yona, Blessy’s father
Blessy (far right) with her siblings before she became sick
Blessy’s condition became critical very quicklyIn just nine months, Blessy has become very sick. She has a condition called Wilson’s Disease. This makes her body unable to get rid of copper from their bodies. Caught in time, it can be managed with medicines. Unchecked it damages the body’s essential organs. Unfortunately, in Blessy’s case, it was caught at a very late stage. Her liver is completely damaged and she needs to be admitted to the hospital frequently just to stave off the end a little longer.
“We were such a happy family. All of a sudden last year, my wife fell very sick and was found to have a heart condition and I developed a severe, debilitating pain in my hand. We kept going for the kids. We thought before something happens to us, we should take care of our children’s future. Blessy falling sick was the worst blow.” —Yona
Blessy often cries quietly, feeling guilty at how worried her parents are for her
Now more than ever, the family needs a helping handDespite earning only Rs 10,000 a month, Yona sold all the family property and borrowed heavily to pay medical bills of over Rs 15 lakhs. He was shattered to learn that the one thing that might save his daughter is a procedure that he has no hope of being able to pay for. He has put aside all his own health troubles to desperately look for a way to save his child.
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