City toddler’s need for life-changing therapy

Arianna Girran.

Arianna Girran, the feisty three-year-old who has lived with an incurable illness since birth, is still facing the biggest surgery of life.
Her parents, Nelisha and Kaveer Girran of Pelham, are hoping that with public donations, Arianna can have the potentially life-changing stem-cell treatment she desperately needs.
Arianna, who has undergone several medical procedures in her short life, was born premature at 28 weeks as Nelisha had pneumonia and pleural effusion at the time of her birth. This led to Arianna being born with fluid in her brain (hydrocephalus).
“Arianna had to be resuscitated after being born via an emergency caesarean. Since then, her development has been greatly stunted and she has developed several medical conditions including spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and sensorineural hearing loss,” said Nelisha.
The happy and bubbly Arianna is unable to walk or talk and is dependent on her mum. She receives Botox treatments every six months to strengthen her legs. She also has neurodevelopment physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy regularly.
Last year, she had a VP shunt inserted in her brain to assist with the increasing pressure.
Thus far, the Girrans have received R40 000 in donations. The stem-cell treatment will cost R150 000, excluding the family’s airfares and accommodation.
“Through research, we have found a neurosurgeon named Brain at the Spine Institute in Mumbai. They will only undertake the operation with the full amount paid upfront. We are hoping that before the year is over, Arianna can have the treatment,” said Girran.
Apart from this, the Girrans also require funds for mobility and communication devices, therapy costs, foot orthotics and a caregiver.
“Arianna is our little miracle. Seeing her frustration at not being able to do things children her age do is heartbreaking for us. Her birth and life thus far has been so difficult for her and us. These past three years have been emotionally and financially draining. We would appreciate any help from the community with fundraising drives or donations,” said her father Kaveer.
Anyone wishing to assist the Girrans can call Nelisha Girran on 076 782 9064 or donate via the Backabuddy website at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/charity/profile/ariana-stem-cell.

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Keroshini Paltu

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