Born with only one kidney, Rihan Nadaf, a 7-year-old from rural Maharashtra, is now in urgent need of a kidney transplant after his kidney failed completely. He has lost the ability to urinate. His mother is ready to donate her kidney but has no means to provide for the transplant.
Rihan can’t urinate and needs a transplant immediately
Due to kidney failure, the 7-year-old has lost the ability to urinate. After undergoing a procedure which helps remove fluid and waste products from the body, Rihan is constantly aided by the dialysis machine and can’t leave the room he is in.
The doctors told Nisarjan and Shabana that Rihan needs a kidney transplant immediately. Without the transplant, Rihan’s chances of survival are bleak. His body has become very weak. He weighs only 12 kilograms which is much lesser than the average bodyweight of a 5-year-old.
Rihan is suffering from an End Stage Renal Disease as his only kidney is performing below 10% of its capacity. In such cases, a kidney transplant is necessary to live.
Rihan had only a 10% chance of survival
“We were a happy family, working hard on ourselves, and paid all our dues on time. This happened so suddenly, our lives have turned upside down”, said Nisarjan, Rihan’s father.
In October 2017, Rihan’s abdomen started hurting a lot and started swelling up. After rushing him to the hospital, Nisarjan and his wife, Shabana, found out that his kidney had failed and he had only a 10% chance of survival unless he was immediately admitted to a better hospital.
Dealing with such a critical situation, Nisarjan took Rihan to a hospital in Pune, in the middle of the night.
“The hospital in Pune was 270 km away, and it took 4 hours to reach. Throughout the journey, I was just praying that Rihan doesn’t die.” – Nisarjan
Despite what he’s been through, Rihan is strong-headed and positive
“While my wife and I fear for his life, Rihan is very strong-headed. He knows everything that has happened to him and explains it to his grandparents as well. He says he wants to get better soon. He’s very smart too. He loves to play, and simply enjoys watching people cook as well. He can’t go to school but still likes to study.” – Nisarjan
Nisarjan and Shabana have no funds to provide for the transplant
Nisarjan earns a small amount of money every month and apart from supporting his family, he helps his parents every month too. He has used all his savings, from the little he was able to save every month, on Rihan’s treatments and medications up till now. For Rihan, he has borrowed a lot of money and has no way of paying it back.
Rihan’s mother, Shabana, is ready to donate a kidney but the family has no money to even get the tests done on the donor.
“Just the tests on the donor, themselves, cost over Rs. 60,000. I don’t know how I can afford that. We’re not getting a loan, and have no relatives that can help us out. I even went to Rihan’s school to ask for help. I just want to save him.” – Nisarjan
Until the transplant, Rihan needs to be aided by the dialysis machine which is expensive. The total cost for the treatment and the transplant is estimated to be around Rs. 7.4 lakhs. Unable to afford this, Nisarjan needs your help so that Rihan can get the transplant he deserves.
How you can help
Rihan is a 5-year-old boy from rural Maharashtra who cannot urinate anymore. He was born with only one kidney, which has now failed. For Rihan to live, he needs to undergo a kidney transplant immediately but his parents cannot afford providing for the entire procedure. His father has exhausted all his resources and has no support.
Your contribution will save Rihan and give him the childhood he deserves.