The family didn't realise the recurrent fever was the start to something terribleShe came back from school one day and said she had a fever. She began complaining of feeling dull and tired. Lizzy thought that it was a side effect of the hot sun. Saleena used to take a Dolo 650 tablet and sleep, and would often seem better. It never occurred to Lizzy that her daughter’s fever could be caused by anything else.
This happened for over a month. Saleena kept having a constant fever at a very high temperature. Thomas and Lizzy took their daughter to the local hospital, but doctors could not diagnose anything wrong with Saleena. It was only when they took her to a bigger hospital, that a doctor considered running a check on Saleena’s kidneys.
For 7 long years, she was under dialysis and was affected by dengue recentlyAt merely 10 years old, Saleena needed a kidney transplant. She has been undergoing dialysis for the past seven years. Thomas and Lizzy are desperate to save their only daughter. Saleena was scheduled to undergo an operation two months ago- but she developed dengue fever at the last minute. Though everything was ready and set up for the operation, doctors advised that she had to recover from dengue to have the surgery.
“She asks me why she is affected like this. She sees all her friends happy and normal, and cries to me. What do I tell my child?”- Lizzy
For the last two years, Saleena has been unable to walk
Saleena attended school till 8th standard. When starting 9th standard, she was unable to walk up the stairs to her class. Slowly over time, her movements became restricted and now she is unable to walk.
“She cries to God everyday asking why He took away her ability to walk. She is already suffering with the dialysis, and now she can’t even walk!” – Lizzy
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The cost of operation is estimated to be nearly Rs 7 lakhs, and there is no way that Thomas and Lizzy can afford this. They are desperate to save their daughter.
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