A kidney transplant will cost around 600,000 Yuan (US $ 90,000). Tenzin's mother assumes that about half of this will be paid by the state or the employer of Tenzin's father (who died many years ago). Tibetan friends and family have collected some money, and we have recently sent $10,000 as 'emergency fund', but Tenzin and his family still need around CHF 35 000 (which is about the same amount in US $).
The situation is very urgent. Me and my husband Martin, and especially Tenzin Tsewang and his family are extremely thankful for any support.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to write to me.
Tenzin Tsewang wrote himself the following text (written in Chinese and translated from somebody in Tibet into English):
Help letter to all levels of leadership, media and friends
Dear community of good people, thank you for reading this letter. When I decided to write this letter for help, my family and I have tried all means to solve my health problem, without success. So I decided to address myself to the community of good people. My name is Dan Zen tsvang (Tenzin Tsewang), 25 years old. I lost my work because of my health problem. I am living in the Lhasa city construction District Sixth groups 264. In 2010 I had uremia, renal failure, and underwent renal dialysis for seven years. My (step)father has a monthly salary of 2500 yuan (ca. 385 US$), mother does not work. We are a family of four, but only father earns money. All money has been used for the dialysis in the last seven years. Because of hypoglycemia I am now often fainting and have other severe symptoms and risk to die. So in order to keep this life, I have to travel to the mainland to continue treatment, respectively to let make a transplant. This is very costly, as high as about 600'000 yuan (about 95 000 US$).
Because everyone's physical function is different, I have to spend a lot of time after the kidney transplant. And there will also arise high costs for the time after the operation.
My family cannot at all afford to pay these high expenses. Therefore, I hope that the good people in the society can extend their warm hands to help me overcome my difficulties and overcome my illness. Here, my family and I are very grateful to all good hearts. So I am here to pray for your help.