Imagine being in critical condition and at the mercy of parents who won’t help you because of your sex. This was the fate of a 16-year-old girl after an incredibly sad but true series of circumstances. A 16-year-old girl in Bihar, India is haplessly awaiting her death after suffering acute kidney failure earlier this year. Local media reports that her parents refused to donate one of their kidneys to her or find a volunteer because of the costs and the fact that she is a girl.
According to a report from The Times Of India, the girl, identified as Kanchan Kumari, fell seriously ill two months ago and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in the Sheikhpura district in Bihar.
Doctors recently told the teenager’s family that both her kidneys had stopped functioning, and she was rushed to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science in Patna for a second consultation, where doctors said that Kumar required an urgent kidney transplant.
“She fell ill around two months ago and was undergoing treatment at Sheikhpura and Biharsharif,” Kanchan’s grandfather, Baleshwar Yadav said. “The doctors said both her kidneys had stopped functioning and she urgently required a transplant. She was taken to IGIMS at Patna, where doctors said the same thing. The doctors at IGIMS said the surgery would cost Rs5 lakh, but there is no guarantee of survival.“
“If her father Ramashray gives his kidney to her, then he will not be able to carry out his work with one kidney and our survival would be at stake as he is a daily wager and the only breadwinner of the family.”
Kumari, who passed her class examination in the first division this year, is a resident of Aabgil Chande village under Sheikhpura Sadar block and the eldest of five siblings. Due to their inability to meet up with her hospital expenses, her parents decided to take her back home.
Ramashray’s cousin, Upendra Yadav, an Army retiree, told reporters that if Kumari’s father donated one of his kidneys and something happened to him, the rest of the family totaling seven people would be worse off.
Even though the family hasn’t been able to find a donor and cannot afford the price of surgery, they have not yet approached the government for help despite the Chief Minister of the Relief Fund previously helping patients in similar needs. Sheikhpura District Magistrate Inayat Khan told reporters that she would speak to concerned authorities to find a swift solution to the problem.