Her condition has been getting worse by the day and it might kill her anytime. Even reading gets harder now that her sight is becoming blurry.
However, despite her worsening disease, Yue doesn't want to undergo any medical treatments but instead drinks bowls of traditional Chinese medicine seven times a day. But why is that?
Her reason was not because of money nor fear to go under the knife. It was because of her selfless request to just spend the money for her treatment on her little sister who is also suffering from the same deadly disease.
Parents have already found compatible bone marrows for their children, donor has undergone medical check.
So far, the family has only raised 200,000 yuan ($30,000) for both their children's surgery. This is not even half of the cost for the surgery on one child. One child's surgery cost 500,000 yuan ($75,000), but other post-surgery treatments are not included.
Yue decided that her little sister should be the first one to undergo surgery, since one of them have the chance to undergo. The selfless child have told her parents that she'll give up all of her treatments and let them save her sister. Undergoing treatment doesn't matter to her as long as her sister recovers.
She also gave her savings to her father to combine for the raised funds. Currently, a fund-raising was initiated for the children's surgery.
Children and Osteoporosis
Osteoporisis in children is called juvenile osteoporosis. Bones become weaker, losing its strength, causing the bones to break easily than normal ones. Also called 'silent condition' because symptoms doesn't usually show until bones break.
It is a rare condition that is usually caused by a repressed medical condition, medication that treated another medical condition or a lifestyle factor.
- medical conditions – including juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteogenesis imperfecta, diabetes, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis and anorexia nervosa
- medication – such as some types of cancer treatments, anticonvulsant medication (used to manage epilepsy) or corticosteroids (used to treat a wide range of conditions including arthritis and asthma)
- lifestyle factors – inadequate nutrition (especially lack of calcium and vitamin D), or excessive exercise that leads to disruption of the menstrual cycle. Children who are bedridden or have prolonged periods of immobility are at increased risk of juvenile osteoporosis because they’re unable to participate in weight-bearing activities that encourage bone density. Inadequate dietary intake, smoking and alcohol may also lead to juvenile osteoporosis.
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