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A Headache Turned Nearly Fatal, This Class 9 Student Is Now Fighting A Severe Bleed In Her Brain

How did your week begin? Probably with you getting ready for work, maybe a trip to the supermarket? It was probably a regular Monday for you. But Lekhana’s Monday began in severe pain. So much pain that she couldn’t get up from her bed – her eyes shut tight, her nails pressing against her palms because her splitting headache was too much to bear.

The headache was not because of stress or too much TV. Lekhana is bleeding inside her brain. It’s been 3 days since she’s been under strict observation in the ICU. She’s critical.

She is her parents' pride and joy

When Yellappa talks about Lekhana (15), it’s hard to miss the happiness and pride in his voice when he says she studies in an English medium school. Yellappa and Manjula never had the chance of getting a good education, they didn’t want their daughters to go through the same. Lekhana, according to Yellappa, is ‘number 1’.

“She’s nice to everyone, she’s responsible and she’s so good at her studies. She wants to grow up and be an IPS officer. Nothing makes me happier than watching her do so well in school. She was living a normal life, in our small town before this tragedy. When she sees us crying beside her bed, she tells us that’s just a headache and we will be fine soon.” – Yellappa, father

But this is no mere headache like Lekhana thinks, and her parents know that. She needs to stay in the ICU longer and have a surgery for the bleed in her brain to survive.

They thought it was a small headache, how much would it cost to get treated?

Manjula has been devastated ever since Lekhana has been admitted to the ICU. She goes to see her every half hour, sometimes every 10 minutes. She refuses to eat without knowing that Lekhana has eaten. But Lekhana can’t eat. The only time she feels at ease is when she’s asleep.

“Even when we got her to the hospital, we thought we would take her home in the evening. It was a small headache after all. I thought I wouldn’t have to spend more than Rs. 10,000. Now the bills are only piling up, her condition is critical.” – Manual, mother

A happy, healthy life lies ahead of Lekhana if she gets treated in time

Yellappa is a daily wager who earns Rs. 400 when there’s work. He has spent all his savings so far on her treatment. Lekhana’s fight isn’t over – she needs to stay in the ICU for 10 more days to recover. She also needs a surgery. None of this will be possible without your help.

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The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.
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