Time runs short to get trans­plant fund­ing

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Central Leader - - NEWS - By MON­ICA TISCHLER

Time is run­ning out for Sanil Ku­mar and his fam­ily is sick­ened by the un­cer­tainty of what the fu­ture holds.

Mr Ku­mar, 30, had his work visa de­clined last July af­ter de­vel­op­ing re­nal dis­ease.

He is orig­i­nally from Fiji and moved to New Zealand in 2010.

He is bat­tling Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand whose staff say there are New Zealan­ders suit­able or able to be trained to take over his job as a metal trades worker.

But Mr Ku­mar’s for­mer boss Mark Eade, owner of Avon­dale’s Cop­per Rain­wa­ter Prod­ucts, says the po­si­tion hasn’t been filled yet be­cause it’s hard to get people into the in­dus­try.

Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand has threat­ened de­por­ta­tion and a five-year ban from the coun­try, giv­ing Mr Ku­mar un­til Fe­bru­ary 28 to leave.

But the Ku­mar fam­ily hopes to reach a com­pro­mise.

Loved ones are try­ing to raise $130,000 for a kid­ney trans­plant and Mr Ku­mar will go back to Fiji when the funds are avail­able.

Mean­while he needs to re­main in New Zealand for eight-hour peri­toneal dial­y­sis ev­ery night, treat­ment that’s not avail­able in his home­land as it is too ex­pen­sive.

He could only get

hae- modial­y­sis in Fiji and the fam­ily says most pa­tients us­ing it die be­cause of un­con­trol­lably high in­fec­tion rates there.

Mr Ku­mar needs a $30,000 oper­a­tion be­fore he can un­dergo hae­modial­y­sis and would have to travel six hours from his home in Ba to Suva for four-hour treat­ment three times a week.

The pro­ce­dure costs $350 a ses­sion, more than $1000 a week. Mr Ku­mar’s fam­ily says main­tain­ing on­go­ing costs is un­re­al­is­tic.

‘‘We know there will be a time when people say they can’t help us any more,’’ cousin Ashika Au­jla says. Do­nate to ANZ bank ac­count 01 0721 0106892 55 or go to givealit­tle.co.nz to do­nate on­line.

Ms Au­jla, 27, and her sis­ter Asheelta Ku­mar, 26, have agreed to be kid­ney donors if the money is raised.

Mr Ku­mar’s un­cle Ashok Ku­mar is pay­ing the peri­toneal dial­y­sis costs of $46 a day or $350 a week and says Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand’s de­ci­sion is a death sen­tence. ‘‘All we are ask­ing is a le­gal per­mit till we col­lect enough funds to have his kid­ney trans­plant done.’’

Mr Ku­mar al­ready owes $30,000 to the Waitem­ata District Health Board af­ter the ini­tial oper­a­tion and med­i­cal costs. His fam­ily is pay­ing off the debt.

Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand’s act­ing com­pli­ance op­er­a­tions man­ager Natalie Gar­diner says all mi­grants must have an ac­cept­able stan­dard of health to min­imise costs and de­mands on New Zealand’s health ser­vices.

Photo: MON­ICA TISCHLER

Fam­ily sup­port: Sanil Ku­mar’s cousins Asheelta Ku­mar of Block­house Bay, left, and Ashika Au­jla, are both suit­able kid­ney donors if the fam­ily can raise $130,000 for a trans­plant be­fore Fe­bru­ary 28.

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