The life of a 21-month-old girl Aness Meck of Mangochi District is in danger if people of goodwill do not come forth to help.
In an interview on Wednesday at Monkey Bay Rural Hospital, the child’s grandmother Edina Mkandawire said Aness needs K13 million to enable her travel to India for atrioventrical septal defect treatment.
Internet searches describe atrioventricular septal defect is a heart problem in which there are holes between the chambers of the right and left sides of the heart and the valves that control the flow of blood between these chambers may not be formed correctly.
Mkandawire expressed worry about her granddaughter’s sickness, saying her condition keeps on deteriorating everyday.
Said the grandmother while wiping her tears: “Since the child was born, our family has never been at peace.
“We have been in and out of hospitals. This has denied us the chance to concentrate on development activities, including farming.”
Mkandawire said her family is poor and cannot afford to raise money to enable the girl get specialised treatment in India.
“We are peasant farmers. In our family, we do not have someone who can help us. We really need people’s support to save our daughter’s life,” she said.
Meanwhile, Raising Stars Foundation, an organisation that is supporting the family and the child with basic needs, including food, has appealed to well-wishers to support the girl with money so that she can get medical treatment in India as recommended by doctors.
The organisation’s director Tusekile Mwalwanda said those wishing to help can reach her on 0885 328 100 or they can deposit the money through FDH Bank Account: Raising Stars Foundation, account number 1260000161956.