Shaista is a 12 year old girl from Gulaghmuli, District Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan who has recently been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma.
She twice underwent surgery at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi to remove the tumor in her cervical spine which had completely compressed her spinal chord. After part of the tumor was removed her chord went back in place and was relieved of the pain down her arms and shoulders. A portion of the tumor still remains trapped around the vertebral artery. The remainder of the tumor cannot be extracted surgically and she must undergo chemotherapy and radiation. She also had to undergo a neck fusion to fix her spine just recently.
The Estimated cost of her treatment is around 25 lakh ($25000). Her family has been only able to pay $3000. Mr Niat Murad, her father, is the only bread winner of her family. He is a driver and can’t bear the expenses of Shaista’s hospital expenses on his own.
We ask for your support and prayers as Shaista begins her journey and road to recovery to beat her cancer. Anything you can offer helps.