Despite Selling His House, This Tea-Seller Can't Save His Daughter | Milaap
Despite Selling His House, This Tea-Seller Can't Save His Daughter
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    Thiru Selvi

    from Aruppukkottai, Tamil Nadu


“There have been so many moments when I thought ‘That’s it. I’ve lost my little daughter’. But she always came back. And if she were to leave us now, after all this time, I can’t take it.” – Thiru Kannan.
She loved eating spicy food the most. She lived for that; they’d tease her. She loved going to school - got the 1st mark in every subject. She spent all her time playing with her friends, or drawing, or watching Chota Bheem endlessly. Now life has changed for her – for the bad. All that she loved doing, she doesn’t do anymore.      


Life has been all about needles and syrups for her, since January 2018 

Selvi had an attack of dengue last January and she instantly began treatment at a hospital. Soon, she got better and was discharged. She even went to school. But 3 days later, she got a fever again. When the doctors gave her an injection, she had seizures and her pulse went down. By now, she had gotten weak. That was the start of all things worse.
“We thought she was fine but she started crying. She complained of a severe stomach ache and was diagnosed with stomach ulcers. The doctors gave her syrups and injections. She was just getting better, but she fell sick again. This time, her scans said her kidneys were swollen. We took her to Madurai, there they said she had a severe urinary infection. It was complex. The pain became unbearable and it hurt to see her shrinking, day after day.” – Ramalakshmi, mother.

After months on medication, Selvi was diagnosed with renal failure

The parents travelled from Chennai to Kerala, looking for a way to cure their daughter. But now, dialysis wasn’t enough. The doctors suggested only an immediate kidney transplant could save her. The cost of the treatment and after-care was 7 lakhs.

 They sold their house but it's not enough


“Her grandmother was to be the donor and we had the funds ready. Everything was set. But Selvi had severe seizures just before the transplant, and was admitted in the ICU with ventilator support. Every alternate day, she had needed a dialysis till she recovered. When she recovered, she was struck by jaundice again, and suffocation. After another month in the ICU with ventilator, the money we carried with us was over. We had to return without a transplant. Our ill fate!” – Thiru Kannan.
They got her to Chennai, where she needed another month in the ICU due to breathlessness. The last few lakhs of the 10 lakhs they got for the house, was now fully exhausted.  Now at a rented house, they are struggling to raise funds again, for their daughter’s transplant.


Thiru, a tea-seller, has lost his job and is in desperate need of funds

He worked as a tea-seller at a tea shop for a daily wage of Rs. 300. Over the past few months, he hasn’t been able to go for work and is without income. His wife works as a cook in a school and earns Rs. 4,000 a month. They have no other sources of funds and need help.
“I had a decent job. I couldn’t go regularly because of Selvi, and now they’ve replaced me at the tea shop. I am looking for jobs. I’m a handicap and there’s not a lot of jobs I could do. We’ve sold all our jewels. The house is gone too. But my daughter still struggles with failed kidneys. Please help our daughter. We did our best, but luck did not favour us.” – Thiru Kannan, father.
All the efforts the parents out in, went in vain. They are helpless. Your generous contribution can help them save their daughter. 

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