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Family pleads for help

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NINETEEN-year-old Manisha Narayan was on her way to her dream career, having graduated at the top of her class in the beauty school she attended.

Her hard work scored her a job as a beautician.

Sadly, the young woman is now fighting for her life in hospital after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia barely a month ago.

With no treatment for the disease being offered in Fiji, the teenager's family is hoping to receive treatment overseas.

A campaign to raise funds has been launched by family friend Alex Bee.

Speaking to this newspaper, Mrs Bee said they needed to send Ms Narayan to the best hospital in India.

"Manisha will need a bone marrow transplant after she has chemotherapy to give her a chance of successful cure," she said.

"We have collected about $1690 and we have 26 days to go. We are looking at $100,000 for the treatment and this includes air fares and her accommodation while she is in India.

"We need to understand that leukaemia is a very difficult cancer to treat. The doctors will start with chemotherapy and she will then undergo bone marrow transplant.

"This is where most of the funds will be going to."

Mrs Bee said Ms Narayan was admitted at Lautoka Hospital where she had a few blood transfusions.

Manisha's father Bijen Narayan said it was a hard time for his family.

"Manisha is my only daughter," he said.

"She is really weak at the moment. She is a very hard-working girl and always interested in her work and loves her family.

"She never got sick and this is the first time she has been admitted."

Anyone who wishes to contribute towards Ms Narayan's cause can do so by depositing money at ANZ Nadi branch account 11942348.