“Don’t get tensed and please don’t cry. I will be fine, you should just sit next to me and talk to me.” - 10-year-old Megha’s words to her father before she lost her consciousness around 5 days ago.
Srikanth and Megha at the hospital
Suffering from a deadly disease that has caused her kidneys to stop functioning along with severely affecting her liver and lungs, 10-year-old Megha is now extremely critical and unconscious in the ICU. She has chances of recovering completely but she has no option but to remain in the ICU for the next few weeks and get additional life-saving treatment too. Her father, who has already sold everything he had, has nothing left to save her now.
Megha’s urine contained blood and it was so painfulThe 10-year-old as completely normal up until January 2018. Suddenly, she couldn’t stop throwing up and her urine contained blood too. She had a sharp pain in her abdomen and her eyes were turning yellow too.
These were very scary and dangerous symptoms and after noticing them, Srikanth, Megha’s father, took her to a hospital to get checked up. Never had he thought, even in his worst nightmares, that his daughter’s health would be so critical so soon.
“She was diagnosed with the hemolytic-uremic syndrome. Her kidneys don’t function anymore and her liver got severely affected too, which is why she got jaundice. Now, her lungs are infected too and she has severe breathing issues. It’s so hard to control my tears nowadays, I never thought that she would have to go through this.” – Srikanth
In simple terms, a hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a very rare but fatal disease which causes acute kidney failure along with the destruction of red blood cells. Slowly, Megha’s main organs are also getting affected and unless she undergoes treatment, she may not have long to live.
Megha has been unconscious for 5 daysDue to the deadly nature of her disease, Megha started having severe respiratory issues through a lung infection. Her oxygen levels dropped to 40% and she lost her consciousness. She had to be supported by the ventilator immediately.
“It’s been 5 days since she has opened her eyes. Now, she needs to stabilize and for that, she must stay in the ICU for 10 days. Each day costs me over Rs. 1 lakh and I have run out of ways to provide for her treatment now.” – Srikanth
Meghna has complete hopes of recoveryAfter her condition is somewhat stabilized and her breathing returns to normal, Megha needs additional treatment and dialysis in order to survive. With time and correct treatment, the 10-year-old has complete hopes of recovery.
All this is possible only if Megha receives her treatment in the ICU right now. Her father, Srikanth, has provided so much for her treatments till now, but he’s racing against time to save his daughter’s life.
Megha us such a playful and strong girl
“She has been admitted to the hospital since 9th February (2018). She keeps telling me that she wants to go to play outside and that she has no idea why they are taking her blood. She loves to paint and draw too. She is so strong. If she saw Bharti (mother) or me crying she would tell us not to cry and sit next to her. I just feel so bad because I used to love taking her to the park. I used to sneak her to the cinema with me without telling my wife about it because she would shout at us. I used to love those days and the time I spent with her but now, she is so critical and fighting for her life. It’s heartbreaking.” – Srikanth, while weeping uncontrollably
Megha, before being tormented by a rare disease
Srikanth is in dire need of help to save his daughterSrikanth hasn’t been able to go to work for the past 2 months. He worked at a small cloth shop and earned a meager salary of Rs. 15,000 per month. His wife, Bharti, is a housewife and they have another 6-year-old boy called Avinash to feed too.
Srikanth, Avinash, Megha and Bharti
Until now, Srikanth has sold everything he had and provided over Rs. 15 lakhs to keep Megha alive. For help, he has asked everyone he could and now, he has absolutely nothing left to provide for the additional life-saving treatments Megha needs in the ICU.
The total cost of the treatment is estimated to be around Rs. 10 lakhs and Srikanth is running out of time to save his daughter. He is left with no option but crowdfunding.
How you can help10-year-old Megha is suffering from a rare and deadly disease which has caused her kidneys to fail and severely affected her liver and lungs. She is unconsciousness and critical in the ICU, and needs to be there to get the life-saving treatments. Her father, Srikanth, has exhausted all his resources and now, he needs your help to save his daughter’s life.
Your contribution can save 10-year-old Megha.