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Minal Ramesh Medical Fund - GBS

Please support Minal Ramesh's family to raise Medical Fee funds for GBS treatment in Kenya.

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UPDATE ON THE BELOW AS AT 22 JANUARY 2020: Minal is now recovering, there is slight movement in her hands and feet. She will be recovering in the ICU until she can breathe without the aid of a ventilator. As her stay in the ICU has exceeded our initial expectation, we have raised the target to help cover the costs.  

Waking up on Monday 6th January 2020, Minal Ramesh, a 20 year old female, realized that she could not get up from bed. After receiving some assistance from her brother, she managed to stand up slowly and walk to the car to go to the hospital. They took an X-ray of her legs and since all reports were normal, she was advised to get an MRI done, for which the reports were also normal.

By then she was extremely weak, she could no longer stand and was immediately rushed to the Emergency Room. Once the doctors and neurologists examined her, they concluded that she was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome.

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare neurological disorder in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system—the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord. Fortunately, most people eventually recover from even the most severe cases of GBS. After healing of the nervous network has concluded the patient usually has to go through some physiotherapy to recover fully. 

The exact cause of GBS is not known. Researchers don’t know why it strikes some people and not others. It is not contagious or inherited. What they do know is that the affected person's immune system begins to attack the body itself. It is thought that, at least in some cases, this immune attack is initiated to fight an infection and that some chemicals on infecting bacteria and viruses resemble those on nerve cells, which, in turn, also become targets of attack. Since the body’s own immune system does the damage, GBS is called an autoimmune disease (“auto” meaning “self”). Normally the immune system uses antibodies (molecules produced in an immune response) and special white blood cells to protect us by attacking infecting microorganisms (bacteria and viruses). In Guillain-Barré syndrome, however, the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy nerves.

Minal, has been in ICU since 6th January and once she is stable she would be moved to the observation room. The doctors have administered the IVIG treatment to which she is slowly responding and recovering. The IVIG treatment only slows the attack on the nerves, it does not directly promote nerve healing. 

Even though the news is much better Minal still has a long tough road in front of her. It's going to take intense physiotherapy before she can walk again and move her muscles to be self-reliant.

Please help raise funds to support Minal. This is going to be a really tough time for her whole family. It will be much appreciated for any support you can give to make this road to recovery a little less stressful for them all.

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