I am a 24-year-old working professional and the sole guardian of my only sister, Rebecca Joni, studying in Std. 8.
My sister was born with a condition called imperforate anus and has had urorectal anomalies since. She has undergone 3 surgeries within 5 months of her birth. While her digestive functions got better with time, her urinary affairs only got worse. In everyday life, this means wearing diapers or carrying a urine bag, stress incontinence and frequent visits to the washroom, disrupted personal hygiene, social embarrassments, and eventual jeopardy to her kidneys.
A young teen girl who has come of age now, it has taken her over 2 years to build trust in a female pediatric surgeon, Dr. Chitra Ramu from Apollo, Bannerghatta in Bangalore. The surgeon has advised a Mitrofanoff Procedure with a Bladder Augmentation to help resolve this issue at once.
The cost of the procedure and hospital fees add up to Rs. 4 lakhs. While we have been able to afford her medical expenses so far, the current cost is too big for me to bear alone. Our father is deceased and our mother is unemployed.
An otherwise colorful child with musical and artistic talents, Rebecca is currently going through a lot of turmoil and eagerly waiting to put this issue behind her. This condition has been affecting her quality of life, academics, and overall development.
If you are able, please contribute from your heart. This would improve her health, hygiene, independence, emotional and mental wellbeing, social skills, academic performance, and high potential as a brilliant citizen who has a lot to offer the world.
We have scheduled the surgery for the first week of January and need to raise funds immediately.
Please also find attached the surgeon's prescription (with the treatment plan of action) and our general physician's letter of recommendation (with a breakdown of the cost).
Thank you for reading.