At the age of 7, Dimpul Lakshmi was just another happy child, with school and friends and a normal life. All that changed when she got diagnosed with Chronic Liver disease, due to which her liver has completely failed. She now needs a liver transplant urgently to survive. She's currently being treated at Rainbow Children's Hospital, in Hyderabad. Dimpul's family belongs from a remote village in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, where even access to medical facilities is hard.
Dimpul lost precious time due to multiple misdiagnoses
“First they said it was jaundice, then that it was dengue. Finally, they said that if my daughter doesn’t get a liver transplant within a week, her life is at stake...”
Everything happened so fast for Dimpul. 2 months ago, she started complaining of pain in her stomach.
Murali Mohan, her father took her to a local doctor who prescribed some over the counter medication for the same. By first week of December, he saw that Dimpul's stomach was exceptionally swollen and was causing her a lot of pain.
He rushed her to a hospital in Tirupati, which was the nearest accessible medical facility. Looking at her condition, they diagnosed her with jaundice.
They immediately hospitalized her and put her on medication.
After a week, when there was no improvement in her condition, Murali got furious with the hospital staff, asking them for a thorough evaluation. Upon inspection, they concluded it to be dengue. Dissatisfied with their diagnosis and care, Murali took Dimpul to Bengaluru, when finally upon running all the tests, the real problem came to the front. It was liver failure due to chronic liver disease.
Doctors told Murali that his daughter doesn't have long unless a transplant is done urgently.
Dimpul's condition is worsening to the point where he eyes are completely yellow and her stomach is swollen. The only treatment for her now is a liver transplant which costs around 16 lakh Rs.
Unfortunately, Dimpul's father does not have the funds to afford her treatment and needs our help to save his daughter. Murali is an auto-rickshaw driver who makes about Rs 7,000 a month. Within this limited amount, he’s been getting both his children - Dimpul and her younger brother Dinesh, educated in English medium schools.