Help needed for stem cell trans­plant

Sunday Tribune - - TRIBUNE HERALD - CHANELLE LUTCH­MAN

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.

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