8-year-old Elsa Farooqui’s journey is set by destiny.
When she was barely four years of age, she was troubled by a soaring high fever. Her parents were knocking the doors of many local doctors and hospitals but everything proved futile.
After a series of tests and investigations, a biopsy detected it as Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). When she turned six, her kidneys collapsed. Peritoneal dialysis was recommended and after a period of time a high- grade fever surfaced.
Chase began for cure. Arriving at India’s most reputed hospital, the parents Akif and Taiba thought Elsa was finally in safe hands.
It was 8th Dec 2012, when the hospital admitted Elsa in a very critical and delicate condition. She had fever and she was looking pale. She had severe pallor, orsnasal and vaginal bleeding. Laparotomy had multiple adhesions, with pus collections. Discovered – Free Fluid in Liver – multiple scars in abdomen.Many peritoneal collections were found; fever raged unabated. Suspected sepsis, was investigated.
Persistent fever even on strong antibiotics with added antifungal, ;emergency conditions persisted, leading to respiratory distress. Next step, she was connected to a ventilator. Elsa’s kidney functions were maintained by hemodialysis.
But fate was rude to little Elsa. Due to long periods on ventilator her vocal cord crashed. On 4th Feb 2013 Elsa left the hospital, without the ability to speak.
During this period Taiba discovered she was pregnant. One cannot begin to understand the plight of Akif. How did he manage his family through such a dark period! Taiba was shattered. Touching her growing belly, she worried endlessly, “A child battling for life and another one growing in my womb, what will happen to my family?”.
Akif Farooqui serves an NGO that offers lighting to India’s villages around the area. Between traveling to see villagers feel safe with well-lit roads, he managed his daughter’s dialysis schedules. All his income is being exhausted on medical treatment and he is surviving on loans.
Banks have smilingly said, “Sorry, no more…”
When Akif sees Elsa, cheerful, smile through dialysis, he knows she places full faith on his shoulders. “Papa will save me,” is what Elsa believes.
Can we all contribute and see she survives to actually tell us what she feels? Can you?
Save Elsa: http://bit.ly/elsakidneyfund