Hi, my name is Nadia, and I'm Saly's aunt
In September 2018, my niece Saly, a beautiful, intelligent and active girl, my sister's only child, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of leukemia , Saly was only five when she started her first round of chemotherapy, and due to the rare nature of this type of blood cancer, there was no specific protocol for treatment. Add to that, the medical services in Syria were and still are so limited.
Left with no options, my sister surrendered to all the available trials and doctors' suggestions at the time. In other words, beautiful little Saly was treated like a lab rat. Putting Saly on various strong medications and different chemotherapy doses, Saly had many side effects such as temporary kidney failure, severe bleeding, and hepatitis type c . All these serious side effects didn’t stop Saly or her mom from dreaming and praying that this nightmare would end and Saly would be able to go to school one day. Saly was fighting with all the power a little girl can ever have. We as a family prayed and kept encouraging each other that she would beat this beast.
Unfortunately, after almost four years of rounds and rounds of chemotherapy and many invasive medications, my sister received the news no mother could ever handle. The cancer cells show up in Saly's bone marrow biopsy again. Saly and my sister’s world turned upside down. Shocked and unable to think, the doctors told my sister they had tried everything available in Syria and had no other options. They suggested that she travels to Turkey as the medical facilities and treatments are better there.
My sister did not ask anyone for help, but after four years of constant suffering, now in Turkey, she is alone with a sick child without any financial or emotional support. My sister is a very faithful and courageous single mum who was doing and bearing everything herself, not willing to be a burden on others. After all the hematologist visits, lab tests, biopsies, and chemotherapy treatments, she is exhausted emotionally and drained financially. The doctors in Turkey said Saly would need a bone marrow transplant or a very advanced stem cell therapy. Such treatments are quite expensive, and neither she nor we as a family are able to afford them.
It is very difficult to ask for help. However, seeing the people, you love the most suffering agonizing pain is even more difficult and heartbreaking. My sister's situation left us with no other option but to ask for your kind help. Please, when you make your decision, bare in mind that your help will enable Saly to have another chance at life and save my sister's only child and only hope in humanity. Please help Saly with her battle. Your donation will decide which treatment path she will take. There is no big or small amount. Every dollar counts.
Thanks a lot for your support.
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