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25-year old Banaban girl needs $40,000 for kidney transplant

Fiji Times Online AvineshGopal  Monday, November 28, 2011

A MAJOR fundraising drive has started to send a Rabi islander to India for a kidney transplant.

Terikano Manikaoti, 25, of Rabi Island needs $50,000 for her medical costs and treatment related expenses.

Her cousin, who also lives on Rabi, has agreed to give her a kidney to help her survive longer.

She attends three dialysis sessions at the Kidney Foundation of Fiji in Suva every week and pays $670 for the weekly treatment.

On Saturday, a dance group from Kiribati performed at the Wesley Church in Toorak, Suva and collected $365.65 for the suffering young woman.

A spokesperson for the fundraising committee, Odylia Teaero said Ms Manikaoti's family has raised a little more than $3000 now.

"We need to get $40,000 just for her medical treatment and another $10,000 for the air fares and other related costs," she said.

"The Ministry of Health will pay the air fares for two people who will accompany her to India, including the donor."

Ms Teaero said Ms Manikaoti will leave for India as soon as the money needed is collected.

"She is attending dialysis thrice a week and it costs $670 for the weekly treatment, which is being paid by her family and friends.

"The Rabi Council of Leaders has also assured to assist in the treatment but it hasn't stated any amount yet," she said.

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