"She was born premature. She made it out of the NICU. Then again at 8 months, she was diagnosed with a tumor. She survived the surgery. Now again, Oviya is back in the ICU with liver failure. This time I don't know if I can save her." - Balajai, Father.
Oviya's struggle for life began as soon as she was bornOviya was born premature and she weighed only 650 grams at birth. She was in NICU for 3 months in ventilator support. Even after Balaji and Nirmala took her home, Oviya struggled for months. When she turned 6 months old, she got white patches on her skin and she was itching and crying all night in pain. The family lost a lot of time and money in her diagnosis. Oviya had a tumor on her liver.
"She was born after 8 long years of our marriage but we were never able to experience the joy of parenthood fully. We had to live with the fear of losing her all the day. She did not hit her milestones, she was slow in all her activities, she has not learned to talk. After the surgery, we were hoping that she would have a normal life but it didn't happen." - Nirmala.
Pic taken few months back, one of the rarest days when she was free from pain
Fate has brought this 2-year-old back to the brink of deathAfter the tumor was removed from her liver, she slowly recovered from the pain and tiredness and seemed to be fine for a few months. One day, she got jaundice and her eyes turned yellow. She was given medicines but it kept recurring. For almost every 15 days, her eyes turned yellow and when her stools became white, her parents were terrified. Doctors said that her liver is damaged fully. She was on medications but it is no longer helping her and only a transplant can save her life.
"Her stomach is is swelling everyday and she can hardly eat. She has high fever now and jaundice has not subsided yet. I don't understand why she has to suffer so much at this age. She didn't have a good sleep in the past 2 weeks. Doctors said we can't save her without a transplant." - Balaji.
"I sold my house for the treatment but it is not enough"Balaji was working as a project manager in a private company and it was shut down in 2010. He did not find a job in a software company for many years and hence he was forced to work as a real estate broker through which he earns around 10,000 per month. Balaji's father sold an ancestral property and gave his share of 10 lakh with which he managed the treatment so far. Now, he has nothing to sell and he has exhausted all his savings. He needs 20 lakh for the transplant and there is nothing that he could do. He fears he will lose his daughter without any help.
"One of us will be the donor but we do not have money even for pre-transplant tests. I'm borrowing money to buy her medicines. Without your help, transplant is not possible and it is her last chance to survive, please help us save our daughter." - Balaji.
2-year-old Oviya is a miracle baby who has been battling for her life from birth. Her liver is damaged and she cannot survive without a transplant. Her parents do not have anything left with them and they are desperately waiting for your help.