SHE was born with deformities on her legs and feet.
An operation when she was five years old helped her to some extent. But as she grew older and went through her high school years, the problem began to worsen.
Despite that, Ranjeeta Devi managed to obtain a Diploma in Business Accounting.
However, the diploma is not of much use to her right now because her condition does not enable her to walk or sit for long periods.
To make things worse for the 28-year-old of Nawaicoba in Nadi, she does not have any support from her close family members.
It was this lack of support that prompted her to live with a distant relative for some time now.
"I'm the eldest in a family of two brothers and two sisters. My mother is visiting relatives in New Zealand and my sister is married in Canada while my father lives with my brother," she said.
"Since there is no support for me from anywhere, I have been living with a relative for some time now. They took me in and they are looking after me."
Desperate for assistance, Ms Devi came to The Fiji Times office early this week to request if her plight could be highlighted so she could undergo medical treatment in India.
The Health Ministry told her in a letter dated July 2 that it would pay for her treatment at the Sahyadri Hospitals in Pune, India.
But, only on the condition that she pay for the return airfares, accommodation costs after being discharged from hospital awaiting a review, meals, the visa fee and other expenses.
Ms Devi said she had to be assisted when walking. She needs to collect about $15,000 for her trip and so far has only $300.
Those wishing to assist can do so by depositing money in account 9801911307 at Westpac's Nadi branch.