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7-year-old Shaik Is A Child With An Infectious Smile And A Terrible Illness

“She had jaundice and was even recovering. We didn’t think something like this could happen to her.”

Mid-January this year, Bhahiya got sick with jaundice. Her parents took her to the doctor and she was under medication. She started getting better, but suddenly started throwing up everything she ate. They rushed her to the doctor again who referred them to the Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai. That was when the doctors diagnosed her with a malfunctioning kidney.

She doesn't get to live her old, normal life anymore

Bhahiya used to be a very healthy child. She never had any health complaints also. She was active and loved her school. She aced at studies, always getting first rank in her class. Along with studies, Bhahiya also loved playing with her friends and her little sister. But when she fell sick, her life changed. She is now confined to the hospital bed and doesn’t get to live like normal a 7-year-old any more.

Ever since Bhahiya was diagnosed with malfunctioning kidneys, she has been taking dialysis. For a 7-year-old girl, that is very difficult. Not just that, she can’t eat what she likes and can’t run around and play like she used to because she’s too weak and in too much pain. Her parents, Jammerulla and Shahina lose sleep over their little girl. Despite her condition, she always has a smile on her face and is fighting her condition with courage.

Financial crisis in the family is getting in the way of her treatment

Bhahiya’s little sister Saniya is in the Kindergarten and doesn’t understand what’s wrong with her sister or why she won’t play any more. She’s too young for her parents to explain things. So they just tell her that she’s going to be fine soon, and will come back home to play with her. But they feel helpless at their child’s miserable condition. Their daughter has a chance at complete recovery, but Jammerulla doesn’t have enough funds for treatment.

Bhahiya lives with her family in a small village in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. Her father works as a contract labourer and makes minimum wage every month. Also, due to the seasonal nature of his work, his income is not stable. Now, he has moved to Chennai so his little girl can get treatment. His present income is zero.

Till now, the parents have spent nearly Rs 2.5 lakhs towards treatment. They arranged this much through loans from friends and money lenders. Their financial condition is so bad, that they can’t even afford to rent a room in Chennai. They live and sleep at the hospital, either in their daughter’s ward or in the general waiting area.

How you can help

Bhahiya’s parents are fighting against all odds to save her, but they can’t do it on their own. They need your help. Your contribution can make a big difference in their lives by giving Bhahiya a second chance at a healthy life.

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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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