A painful biopsy revealed that her liver is 100% damaged and transplant is the only option to save her lifeThree months back, Sathya had severe swelling in her leg and eyes turned yellow. She was diagnosed with jaundice and was admitted to the hospital for a week. Her parents thought she would recover soon but her condition kept getting worse with every passing minute. She found it difficult to even walk a few steps. Every time, she tried to get ready for the school, she wilted like a flower. Her parents knew it was something serious but were never prepared to know that their daughter's liver is completely damaged. She is diagnosed with Wilson's disease, which causes the liver to store excess amounts of copper until it becomes saturated and eventually, the accumulated copper starts to destroy the liver and also enters the eyes and the brain. Doctors said that only a liver transplant can save her life.
"She has been in extreme pain for the past 3 months. No medicines could ease her pain. Her condition became worse last week, she could not eat anything and she threw up everything, even water. The fluid accumulation in her stomach was drained thrice last week. She has no energy at all. I can't bear to see her suffering so much."- Vasuki, Mother.
This young girl is running out of time for the transplant and the only thing she worries about are her upcoming board exams
Sathya lives with her parents in Coimbatore. Since the diagnosis, she was not able to go to school. She is in constant pain and the swelling in her legs has not subsided till now. Last week, she fell terribly sick and as doctors suggested, she was brought to a hospital in Kochi. Doctors told them that the liver transplant should not be delayed further and she needs it at the earliest to save her life. Despite the pain, Sathya only thinks about her school and board exams.
Sathya before the diagnosis
"Most of the time, she has no energy to speak, she just tosses around in pain. When she is able to speak, she asks only about her school. Even her teachers came down to visit her, and said she can give her exams directly despite missing classes, they are confident that she can do well. Yet she feels restless." - Vasuki.
Poor father who worked day night to help his daughter get an education has now nothing left to save her lifeKanagaraj works in a small mobile shop and earns Rs 7000 per month. With his meager income, he managed to feed his family. He worked hard and was determined to provide the best education for his daughter. Sathya's passion and her extraordinary performance in academics, were convincing enough that she would become a doctor. He even started saving money for NEET coaching class. He and his only talk about her, she was the only hope in their life. But the uncertainty of her life at this young age has shattered them beyond words.
"I have never taken a single day's leave. I know I had to work hard to get her admission in a medical college. I saved every rupee possible but now all that has gone for her treatment. I have spent everything I had and borrowed 2 lakh, yet it is not enough. I'm running of time but I do not have a rupee at hand. I need 15 lakh for the transplant, I can't even imagine such huge amount. I don't know what I can do to save her life." - Kanagaraj.
How you can help15-year-old Sathya is battling a deadly liver disease and needs an urgent liver transplant to survive. Her parents are struggling to save their only child. Her aunt is a matching donor but they do not have anything left with them to afford the transplant. This young girl who dreamed of becoming a doctor one day won't survive without your help.
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