A the fragile age of one-and-a-half years, Ludhiana resident Riya has been reduced to a bony frame with swelling in her head and feet because of a rare medical disorder she is suffering from.
Under treatment at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital for the past 15 days, Riya is suspected to be suffering from malabsorption, a rare medical disorder arising out of abnormality in absorption of food nutrients across the gastrointestinal tract. But even getting treatment seems to be an insurmountable task for her family. While the civil hospital here lacks facilities for her treatment, Riya's family cannot afford to get her admitted to a private hospital. The only option left is the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, but her family is short of money for that too.
"I had appealed to the deputy commissioner a month ago, following which my daughter was admitted to the civil hospital. But doctors say her treatment is not available here," said her father Tony.
Tony, a daily-wager, said he had visited Christian Medical College and Hospital, but treatment was too expensive. "I don't even know what disease she is suffering from."
A doctor at the civil hospital, who did wish to be named, said they were yet to confirm Riya's condition. "For that, she needs to undergo a few tests."
"Earlier, the couple had three children, but all of them died. We suspect that there can be a hereditary problem. For this, the parents also need to go through some tests", added the doctor.
Another doctor of the hospital, Dr Harpreet Singh, a paediatrician, said, "There is a need to a detailed investigation to know the exact cause of Riya's condition. We tried our best, but she has not shown signs of recovery here."
Dr Harpreet Singh added that she had multiple health problems. "We have suggested the family to visit PGIMER," he said. The donors can contact the patient's father on 84371-28195. She is undergoing treatment at a ward on the first floor of the civil hospital.