A mother of two, who is donating her kidney to save the life of her 15-year-old son, is seeking financial aid to offset the cost of dialysis treatment.
Nadia Budwah, during an interview with the News Room on Thursday, said the family is barely managing to make ends meet with the medical bills. The teenager, Aditya Mohabir of Breisland, West Bank Demerara, was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure in August last year and since then, he has been surviving on dialysis until the surgery can be done.
While the government will be covering the expense for the surgery, the treatment cost for the dialysis is solely on the family. Budwah said her son first developed difficulties breathing and started to vomit blood. After his diagnosis, the teen was hospitalised for over a month and was subsequently discharged, but a few days later, his condition worsened and he was admitted for another eight days.
According to the mother, Mohabir requires three sessions of dialysis per week but the family can only afford two sessions. In addition, the transportation fees to the Doobay Dialysis Centre, located at Annandale, East Coast Demerara, is an added strain to the family.
“Everywhere you go, you have to take taxi because with his condition you cannot travel with bus and we have to leave home like 4am to take him to East Coast at Doobay for the dialysis,” the mother explained.
Added to this, his father is now disabled after suffering damage to his spinal cord when he jumped into a canal last year. The mother explained that she has been unemployed due to the pandemic. She worked as a bartender to support her family prior to COVID-19.
The cross match testing to determine whether she was a donor cost was done three weeks ago and cost US$3,800 and according to Budwah, the bill is still unpaid for.
“The government actually sponsoring the surgery so it is the cross match I have to pay for, the dialysis and the aftercare as well because I have not worked since the COVID-19 started,” Budwah explained.
The surgery is scheduled to be done on January 18, 2021 at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
“Whatever I am going through now, I don’t want no other parents to go through. When I was much younger, I used to say kidney failure is a simple thing but now I going through it, it is not an easy thing.”
Anyone willing to assist the family can contact 686-1355.