Help needed for stem cell transplant
SINCE her birth at 28 weeks (six months), Ariana Girran has fought a wide range of medical complications.
Her biggest challenge comes next month when she jets off to Mumbai with her parents, Nelisha and Kaveer, for a stem cell transplant expected to improve her quality of life. Next month’s trip will be the first part of her treatment. She will return to India in another six months for more.
Ariana had to be resuscitated (on life support) for 10 minutes when she was born due to a limited amount of oxygen flowing to her brain. She contracted a condition called “arrested hydrocephalus” (fluid in her brain). In January 2017, she underwent a brain operation to drain the fluid.
Ariana was then diagnosed with other conditions like spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, dystonia, ADHD and sensorineural hearing loss, autism and nerve damage.
Nelisha later resigned from work to care for her.
The treatment Ariana requires cannot be done locally. To make both trips to India possible, Girran raised about 80% of the R350 000 required on her own. The balance will be derived from a variety concert planned for November 10, and will feature big name local artists performing for free.
The concert is being put together by show promoters Eventz4u.