Friday, January 4, 2008

Mom Pleads for Kidney Transplant to Save Son's Life

Below is a story I noticed this evening in the Guyana Chronicle about a young man with "end stage renal failure' and his mother's plea for help. The single mother is giving her kidney to her son, but needs monetary help to pay for his kidney transplant. This story struck a personal chord with me because my grandmother passed a way more than a year ago from complications related to kidney failure and she underwent painful dialysis prior to her death. Believe me, it's a hellish experience for a family to go through. Fortunately, she lived a long life, but this young man won't if he doesn't get help soon. I hope there's a doctor out there reading this story who can sponsor this surgery.
Here's the direct link to the story

Mother appeals for donations towards son’s kidney transplant

Mrs. Mangal and her sick son yesterday at the Guyana Chronicle.

LEELKUMARIE Mangal, 41, of Lot 119 Lusignan Pasture, East Coast Demerara, is appealing to the business community and the general public to help her son get a kidney transplant in India and dialysis treatment here.
She said her son, Munesh Mangal, 18, was diagnosed with ‘end stage renal failure’ in August last year, after he became ill and was a patient for two months at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).

The woman told the Guyana Chronicle yesterday that he currently receives haemodialysis treatment at 5G Dialysis Centre, Lots 235-236 Baramita and Aubrey Barker Streets, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, at a cost of G$100,000 weekly.

I cannot afford to meet that amount so often and this is why I am asking for help to raise the funds,” she appealed.

Mangal said the patient’s health is deteriorating rapidly and he is now blind in both eyes and totally dependent on her as he is unable to do anything for himself.

It is very difficult for him to cope and is often overwhelmed with pain and the burden of long-term dialysis treatment would be impossible for her to meet as a single parent, his mother said.

She said she is willing to donate one of her kidneys for the operation in India but has to raise US$36,000 for expenses.

Munesh said he was forced to leave the private school he attended when he took sick suddenly.

Persons willing to contribute to his cause can do so through Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) account SIEA 753156.

His mother, a vendor of green vegetables, said she approached the Ministry of Health and was assisted with the payment for 10 dialysis treatments which he has already received.

She can be reached on telephone numbers 220-9955; 646-6635 and 653-3651. (Michel Outridge)

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