Suleman is 33 years old. Due to an infection, at only 16, Suleman had to have one of his kidneys removed. Then three years later he was told that his remaining kindney was also impaired. That was when Suleman came to SIUT for a year he was put on dialysis and then in 1997 he underwent a kidney transplant. Finally at the age of 22 and after 17 years of illness he was ready to live a normal life.
With a history of 17 long years of serious illness which deprived him of his teenage years and rendered him dependent on his family to perform even the most basic of bodily functions, Suleman bean to suffer from depression. If left unchecked, the chances were that the symptoms would become more pronounced and severely compromise, or even reverse, the progress he was making post his transplant surgery.
This is when SIUT stepped in.
We began professional therapy, during which our doctors worked with Suleman to help him overcome his feeling of helplessness and inadequacy. To this end we encouraged Suleman to participate at the first SIUT transplant Games in 1997, which we had organised to mark SIUT's successful completion of 500 kidney transplants.
Suleman's depression began to lift. He began to study for his Bachelor's Master's Degree in International Relations. In 2001 he participated in the Kuwait Transplant Games where he won a Gold Medal for the 100 Meter Sprint and two Silver Medals for the 200 and 400 Meter Sprint. The in 2006, he participated in the SAARC Transplant Games in Ludhiana, India where he won a Gold Medal for the 100 Meter Sprint, A Silver Medal for the High Jump and Bronze Medal for the Long Jump. Today, Suleman owns a computer store. He is married and the proud father of a son.
Rubaisha is 11 years old. After spending nine futile years trying to find a cure for her deteriorating kidney condition at other hospitals, her mother brought her to SIUT 2002, where she was diagnosed as suffering from and stage renal failure. In 2005, she underwent a kidney transplant and after nine years she was able to live a normal healthy life. At last.
Firstly, her father was having difficulties finding a job. Her mother was struggling to make ends meet by stitching clothes to support Rubaisha, a son and another daughter.
Secondly, the success of Rubaisha's operation largely depended on preventing the risk of post operative infection. Unfortunately, Rubaisha's family was living in a single room in her uncle's house, and the risk of serious infection was high. However, given that Rubaisha's father was still without a job, her family could not afford to find alternative rented accommodation.
Rubaisha is just one of the many thousand of patients that come to us every year with a story that goes well beyond their medical condition. This is when SIUT stepped in.
To give Rubaishas father the means to support his family and earn enough to pay the rent required, we bought him a vegetable cart.
Nest, we found suitable housing for Rubaisha’s family to stay during her three critical post-operative months and arranged to pay the rent with the security deposit.
Today, Rubaisha has made a full recovery, despite the fact that her family circumstances remain difficult.
At the age of nine Kanwal began to suffer from rickets. Despite sever financial difficulties, her parents had her treated at a private hospital in Karachi, however five years later, and she was operated upon, and recovered. However after her operation, it was discovered that Kanwal was suffering from end stage renal failure.
Because Kanwal's family had already spent a considerable amount of money on her rickets treatment, they wee unable to have her treated further at a private hospital. One of Kanwal's doctors advised her parents to take her to SIUT, where the treatment would be free. Once admitted there, Kanwal was placed on dialysis for two years. Her mother donated her kidney and in 2001, at the age of 16, Kanwal underwent a transplant.
Kanwal's father is a van driver, and the only earning member of a family comprising of Kanwal's mother and two school going brothers. After spending more money than he could afford over Kanwal's rickets' treatment, sending her to school was no longer an option.
For Kanwal's well being this was very bad news. Having endured rickets, followed y two years of dialysis and then a kidney transplant, she had been deprived of a normal life, and of any interaction with other children of her own age. As a result, after her transplant, Kanwal became restless and depressed, compromising her chances of making a full recovery. This is when SIUT stepped in.
Our Patient Welfare Department gently persuaded Kanwal's parents to allow Kanwal to complete her Intermediate Certificate privately, stressing that if Kanwal lift her spirits and eventually enable her to help her family financially.
In response to the family's fianancial difficulties, SIUT undertook to finance Kanwal's education, also providing her with a stipend to cover transport costs and a healthy diet.
Taking the long-term view, SIUT encouraged Kanwal to take a beautician's course (something Kanwal showed and aptitude for) at SIUT Rehabilitation Centre while also studying for her Intermediate Certificate.
Soon Kanwal's spirits began to soar as she became more confident and outoing.
Once her studies were over, Kanwal. With SIUT's support joined the Khata Bhai Institute where she learn how to become a professional beautician.
Today, Kanwal has a job at a beauty parlor. She also teaches transplant patients at SIUT's Rehabilitation Centre the skills that she learnt, so, that they can, like her, now lead normal, healthy, happy lives.
Kashmala is 17 years old. Eight years ago, at the age of nine, Kashmala started suffering from a chronic kidney infection. As she was living in Multan, she was treated at a small hospital there. Unable to diagnose her condition correctly; her doctors concluded that she was suffering from kidney stones. As a result, she lived in pain for more than four years.
Finally in 2003, one of her doctors in Multan suggested to Kashmala's parents that they go to Karachi and seek further treatment from SIUT. Once admitted at SIUT, Kashmala was diagnosed with end stage renal failure.
Unfortunately neither of Kashmala's parents was able to donate a kidney, her mother, it turned out, was suffering from Hepatitis C while her father had chronic hypertension and diabetes. As a result, Kashmala was put on dialysis and her name was placed on SIUT's transplant list, pending finding a donor.
Four years later, Kashamaala finally had her transplant, when she was given a kidney from an SIUT donor, the late Abdul Razzak Memon, Professor of Pathology at Sindh Meidcal College.
But as is so often the case, Kashmala had other issues to contend with. Her parents were both chronicle ill and unable to work. The burden of responsibility therefore fell on the shoulders on Kahsmala's two brothers, aged 18 and 20, who were left to struggle to support their parents Kashmala and two younger sisters.
In these circumstances, the chances of Kashmala's brothers being able to provide their sister with the healthy diet, she required to make for transplant a success, were completely non-existent. It seemed that the benefits of a successful transplant would be compromised by her post surgery circumstances. This is when SIUT stepped in.
To equip Kasmala with a means to earn an income that would supplement the efforts of her brothers. SIUT gave Kashmala the opportunity of working at Rehabilitation Centre during her pre-transplant phase. Here, everyday she stitched clothes for a few hours, for which she earned a stipend that paid for her daily transport and food expenses.
Kashmala was also given the opportunity to enrolled in computer classes at the SIUT Rehabilitation Centre where she was able to learn skills that would be beneficial to her future.
Today, Kashmala has regained her health and is back at school Her link with SIUT remains as she is now taking a beautician's course at SIUT's rehabilitation Centre. Her goal is to get a job as soon as she completes school, thereby continuing to support her family.