Sick baby needs your help

2009-08-13 00:00

A MOTHER of a 10-month-old baby girl who needs a liver transplant is appealing to the public to help raise funds as she cannot afford R1,5 million that is required to save her daughter’s life.

Yashoda Pentiah of Raisethorpe said that her daughter Jordyn has never had a normal childhood. The doctors discovered in April that Jordyn’s liver was badly damaged.

“They told me that the damage was irreversible and that there are not many organ donors in South Africa,” she said.

Pentiah said she has been in and out of hospitals since her daughter was born.

“Every day I have to watch her in pain knowing that there is nothing I can do to help her except to pray that God keeps her alive,” she said.

She said she cannot wait any longer for an organ donor and that she has decided to give her daughter a piece of her liver. Her liver will later regenerate.

“But they don’t do living donor transplants here in South Africa as it is dangerous. The only hospital that could help my daughter is in the UK,” she said.

She said every cent counts at this stage. “By donating money, no matter how little it is, you will be helping my daughter and giving her a second chance in life,” she said.

Pentiah said her daughter’s life has always been difficult. “First she was born jaundiced and when she was two months old, she was diagnosed with bronchitis. She was admitted to hospital for a week and when she was finally discharged, the doctor sent her for a liver function test. All the results were abnormal,” she said.

Jordyn’s eyes and skin tone are yello­w.

Pentiah said if enough funds are raised, they may be travelling to the UK in December.

Should you wish to donate, Jordyn’s liver transplant account is: Absa, account number 9229 897 580. branch code: 632 005.

For more information, contact Yashoda at 083 449 9646 or 033 391 5115.

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