Looking good even if I have been in hospital for a year
As a baby, Maira was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a devastating disease that has taken its toll on her lung over the years. In 2014, one of her lungs collapsed, and her family moved to Texas from Pakistan so she could receive the treatment and care she needs. Little Maira has spent most of her life in the hospital, and now doctors say a double-lung transplant is critical to her survival.
This has been an incredibly difficult time for Maira’s father and mother, as they want nothing more than to stay in the United States surrounded by the doctors who can help save their daughter’s life. They dream of seeing their little girl healthy, happy and playing like other children her age, but they need your help.
Through social media campaigns and the help of Pakistani news stations, the Junaid family was able to raise $100,000 to deposit with the transplant center, and now they’re faced with an even greater fundraising challenge—raising nearly $2 million before Maira can receive her new lungs. The hospital has estimated that Maira’s double-lung transplant will cost approximately $1 million, and that her family will face $800,000 in expenses for her first three years post-transplant. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Maira. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Texas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Maira Junaid" on the memo line.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 08:11PM
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The slow, steady sound of a ventilator is always present at one apartment near the Texas Medical Center. The machine is helping Junaid Iqbal's daughter, Maira, to live with the lung disease, cystic fibrosis.
"We came here, everything left behind, my job, my family, my home, everything," Iqbal said.
Maira was born in the family's home country of Pakistan, but was always sick. In need of more advanced care, the family brought her last year to Texas Children's Hospital, hoping for a lung transplant.
"We know that she's a fighter really, so they realized she can live, but she needs a transplant," Iqbal said.
As an international patient without health insurance, the family says they must raise
$1.8 million for the transplant.
"We have no options, we have an only child, and we want to save her," the father said.
Maira is bright-eyed, learning English, and beyond her illness. Iqbal just sees a little girl who wants to grow up and do the things other kids do. It's their dream, for her to go back to Pakistan healthy. "We hope that she'll survive, " he said.
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