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Help worth Rs 46 lakh pours in for Baby Twisha

Baby Twisha is less than 4 years old but has already undergone 20 surgeries as she was born with an incomplete food pipe.

Kamala Sripada |

Updated:October 22, 2014, 9:46 AM IST
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Help worth Rs 46 lakh pours in for Baby Twisha
Baby Twisha is less than 4 years old but has already undergone 20 surgeries as she was born with an incomplete food pipe.

New Delhi: A day after CNN-IBN highlighted the medical case of Baby Twisha, help worth Rs 46 lakhs has poured in for the three-year-old suffering from Oesophageal Atresia.

Baby Twisha is less than 4 years old but has already undergone 20 surgeries as she was born with an incomplete food pipe. The operation costs Rs 7.5 crore, so CNN-IBN Citizen Journalist is making an appeal to people to come forward and donate so that Baby Twisha gets a chance at life.

"After Twisha's birth, they started blaming me to deliver a girl child and on top of that she was born with such a rare birth defect, they were blaming me and when Twisha was 5 months old, my husband forced me to leave his house, says 31-year-old Sweety Makwana about her daughter Twisha who suffers from a rare birth condition.

She was born with a Long Gap Oesophageal Atresia, a condition where the food pipe is incomplete. This makes it impossible for the little one to eat anything from her mouth. She has to be fed directly through a hole in her stomach. While CNN-IBN urges you to continue to see the video of what the little baby goes through every day, we have to warn you this can be disturbing.

Sweety moved from Ahmedabad to Sydney after her marriage in 2007. She claims she was harassed by her in-laws and husband for dowry. She recalls her situation only worsened when she gave birth to a girl child. Sweety's husband shamed her for this birth and abandoned her.

The sex ratio in Sweety's home state Gujarat stands at 919 females for every 1000 males, a record lower than the national average of 940 females for every 1000 males.

A survivor of domestic violence and dowry harassment, Sweety decided to fight against all odds to raise her daughter. Barely 4 years old, Twisha has already braved more than 20 major and minor surgeries but with little success. "She is very brave, very strong spirited and she wants to live despite all this pain she's going through," Sweety says.
In a ray of hope, Twisha's mother is now looking at the Foker Process to cure her daughter's condition. This advanced treatment is available at the Boston Children's Hospital in Massachusetts. The process costs Rs 7.5 crore, an amount that is unaffordable for Twisha's mother. Sweety has started the MissionTwisha campaign to raise money for this treatment.

"I would like to appeal all of you to please come forward and help Twisha. Please donate for Twisha, even a single rupee can help her. India's population today is 127 crore. If 7 crore people come forward to donate just 1 rupee, Twisha can get the treatment to live a normal life ahead. So I appeal all of you to come forward and help her, please come forward and help Twisha, donate via her website and please don't forget to pray for her. Thank you," Sweety says.

So far this brave mother raised about Rs 1.6 crore for her daughter's treatment. CNN-IBN salutes the courage of both Twisha and her mother and asks people to come forward to help them.

You can show your support by making contributions on Twisha's website www.twishamakwana.com. Please remember that your small deed would go a long way in making a big difference to Twisha's life.

For more details, log onto - www.twishamakwana.com
Send money to - Donate in Indian Rupee Account Direct Bank Transfer
Bank: HDFC Bank
Name: Mission Twisha Special Needs Trust
Account Number: 50200007896336
IFSC Code: HDFC0001898
Account Type: Current Account
Description: Donation

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