Without money, boy's life hangs in the balance

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Nguyen Xuan Khanh was born with just one kidney and a severely damaged one at that.

The nine-year-old boy from Lam Dong Province in Vietnam's Central Highlands is at the Ho Chi Minh City Children's Hospital No. 2 at 14 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, awaiting a kidney transplant.

Doctors and other medical staff stand ready, as does a donor. The donor was supposed to give his kidney to another child, but that beneficiary was too weak for the procedure.

All that is needed is money for the operation, which includes VND250 million (US$12,000) for the transplant and around VND80 million ($3,837) for tests the donor.

The boy was rushed to the hospital in October 2011 after he developed a fever, seizures and his entire body became swollen. Only then was it found that he has only one kidney which was in the final stage of organ failure.

After the boy stabilized, the family immediately requested a discharge. "He will die at home," they said.

The family from Dinh Lac Commune, Di Linh District has a small coffee field.

But the sole stable income is VND3 million ($144) a month from the mother's salary as a kindergarten teacher. That is just above half the cost of immunosuppressant medications to prevent rejection of transplanted organs, which costs VND5 million ($240) a month and which the boy will need for the rest of his life.

Doctors and nurses said they have been persuading the family to provide the boy peritoneal dialysis every day to keep him stable until a transplant.

Doctor Hoang Ngoc Quy from the hospital said. "We hope people will help him with the transplant expenses. Right now, everything is ready, except the money."

Donations can be sent to Vietcombank account of Thanh Nien Newspaper at 102010000116341. All donations should be noted as intended for "Nguyá»…n Xuân Khánh".

They can also be deposited at Thanh Nien offices, nationwide:
- 248 Cong Quynh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- 2nd floor, No. 17, 167 Tay Son Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
- 41B Cat Cut Street, Le Chan District, Hai Phong
- 1 Nha Tho Street, Thanh Hoa Town, Thanh Hoa Province
- 144 Bach Dang Street, Da Nang
- A22A Tran Le Street, Da Lat
- 133 Le Loi Street, Quy Nhon Town, Binh Dinh Province
- 120 Thong Nhat Street, Nha Trang
- 88 Vo Thi Sau Street, Bien Hoa Town, Dong Nai Province
- 99 Tran Van Hoai Street, Can Tho

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