Vedika Gupta, a Grade VII student, suffers from ichthyosis, a genetic disorder that causes her skin to become scaly and flake off. The condition that affects one in 2,00,000 people, has confined Vedika to her room and forced her to lead a life of isolation.
Like other girls of her age, Vedika cannot go out and play. “All I can do is watch children my age play and enjoy their life. I often ask myself as to why I have been subjected to this kind of punishment by the god. What sin have I committed to suffer like this,” says the girl who spends her time studying, painting and watching tv as she doesn’t have any playmates in the neighbourhood in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Vedika’s family has seen several doctors but none of them have been able to provide a cure for it. In the absence of any prescribed medicine or treatment plan, Vedika is left with no option but to resort to applying generic body lotion to keep her skin moist and stop it from flaking off. She has to apply the lotion multiple times in a day — after taking a shower or washing her hands and feet — in order to prevent the skin getting dried and bleed.
The Guptas have seen doctors in advanced facilities in Mumbai and Delhi, but none of them could offer a cure either.
Thinking modern treatment doesn’t seem to have a cure for this disease, they started homeopathic medication . But that too didn’t help. Instead, it aggravated the condition.
It became so bad that she would have constant itching and occasional bleeding from the skin cracks.
The dry skin creates tension in the face, making their eyes red and stretched. “My eye keep welling up and shed tears just like that. If there is any treatment that helps improve my skin condition by 50%, it will give my confidence a boost,” said the 13-year-old gritty girl.
"We had given up hope, it was then we learnt about the story of Shalini Yadav who suffered from the same disease as our daughter. That she was taken to Spain and treated by doctors there. We have been told that the doctors have shared the formula of the medicines with an Indian Pharma company. That the medicine will be available in India, too,” said the 45-year-old mother.
The doctors in Spain who had treated Shalini have now volunteered to share the medicine’s formula which would help Vedika get her treatment in India itself and they do not have to go abroad for their treatment.
Her father Sanjay Gupta, a small time businessman who somehow manages to make the ends meet, said: “I have spoken with the father of Shalini Yadav. I am now hopeful that finally there will be a proper treatment of my daughter. I will do whatever I can in my capacity. I am told that Shalini’s treatment was an expensive affair and I am afraid I don’t have that much of money to fund the treatment. Hence, I request all the kind souls out there to come forward and pitch in for the treatment of my daughter.”
Vedika's treatment costs around 15000 Rs per month and she would require it for atleast 5 years in order to show some signs of improvement and hopeful recovery.
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