Help sought after kidney fails

ABU DHABI — With two failed kidneys and no income to support himself or his family back home, Unnikrishnan is fighting the battle of his life.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 14 Jul 2005, 10:46 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:42 PM

The 53-year-old ailing worker from India continues staying in the UAE with the hope of raising Dh60,000 required for kidney transplantation.

In the past eight months, he has been clinging to life by undergoing three session of dialysis weekly at the Central Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

A chronic diabetes patient for the last 24 years, Unnikrishnan said his kidneys were damaged due to hypertension which was triggered by the strong medicines and insulin he had been using.

He was working for a transportation company, Al Shaikh, in Mussafah when he was diagnosed to have kidney failure and now for the last few months, he has been without a job since the company closed down following the expiry of its contract with the municipality.

Unnikrishnan, who is being supported by his friends, is thankful to the company which offered him Dh10,000 following his kidney failure.

Even when he says that he is all ready to work despite his deteriorating health only to see his three children grow up and stand on their own, Unnikrishnan knows that it is not easy.

"Not many would be ready to give me a job though I have a valid visa because I have to take leave thrice a week to undergo dialysis. I have to be at the hospital from 10am to 6pm to complete the process," he told Khaleej Times.

Transplantation of one of his kidneys would give Unnikrishnan a new lease of life as doctors have assured him that he can lead a hassle-free life for another 10 to 20 years. The transplantation costs about Dh60,000 and Unnikrishnan has appealed to generous souls for help.

"All I have is a small house back in Kerala and even if I sell it, it won't meet my needs. My three children are studying and I am the only earning member in the family," Unnikrishnan laments.

Back home, a single dialysis costs more than Dh200 and hence, going back empty-handed is worse than death, he said. He can be contacted on 050 3269039



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