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Saving Samjana

$2,625 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 4 months
Samjana Chepang is a 13 year old girl who lives in the Chepang Hills in Chitwan, Nepal.
Recently and Australian nursing outreach program met Samjana during a one-day healthcamp in the hills.
Upon removing the flimsy cloth from her foot, we dicovered her entire heel was necrotic tissue. The infection has moved into the bone of her leg and she is looking at an amputation, possible of the entire leg.
Samjana has other medical issues, but we are assessing and controlling the infection first.
At the very least, she is looking at multiple surgeries, months of recovery and rehabilitation.
It is unclear whether she will ever be able to return to her hillside home. 
We need funds to pay for her immediate medical treatment, and also for her longterm recovery.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
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Another update from Rajendra below.
Thank you so much for everyone who made this possible. Awesome result. :-)

Namaste baini. Samjhana got discharged today. We felt like she was homesick and her wound is getting better so doctor discharged her today. Doctor have called her after a week for follow up.
Once again thank you baini Calida and all people who help us to save her life, thank you very much.
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An update on Samjana's recovery from Rajendra:

Namaste baini, how are you? I hope everything is going well. Little girl Samjana had stitches taken out from her wound in the back yesterday. The wound is healing very good. Her leg is also recovering good. Chepang family are so happy with you. Thank you for everything.
:-)
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Hi awesome people,
Little Samjana had a very big surgery yesterday. It took 3 surgeons 5 and a half hours to remove the growth on her back. The surgery went without a hitch and last we heard she is recovering well.

Instead of rewriting, I will pasted Raj's update to me here:
Namaste baini,
Little girl samjana had her operation. Looking up to now her operation has been succesfull. She has just come over her unconsciousness. 3 doctors and 4 nurses operated her. It took about 5:30 hours. She is fine till now. We felt so nervous and sad when she was being operated. Till now, she's doing good. And doctors are hoping that she'll be alright. We want to thank you and all your team for doing such a great work. I'll attach some pictures of her operation.

I will just reiterate that Raj and Keshab have been staying at the hospital 24/7 to make sure everything is going smoothly for Samjana. They are both exhausted but happy with how things are going.

We won't know what sort of feeling she will get back in her legs for weeks, months even years, but now she has a chance, thanks to all of you.

Her recovery and rehabilitation will be long and she will continue to need our support.
Please keep sharing this campaign.

Thank you all so much for making this possible.

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Hi everyone! We have had some good news regarding Samjana. She has returned to hospital after spending the festival at home with her family. A team of doctors have been working over the past few days running tests and analyzing results and the consensus seems to be that she won't be losing her leg. Her foot is still in bad shape and she is having a lot of antibiotics, but they don't think the infection has spread more than a couple of inches into her heel.
Now onto her other medical issues....
One of the reason her foot was able to get so bad was that she has reduced feeling in her legs due to a benign tumor on her back that is compressing her spinal cord. She has had this for a long time (possibly since birth) but it has been getting bigger.
Keshab and Rajendra have been consulting with a neurosurgeon to remove the tumor. The surgeon seems to think that following the removal she will get some improvement in her legs/feet but how much will depend on how much damage to nerves has already been done.
The surgery is scheduled for next Thursday. I will post again then and let everyone know how it has gone.
The money raised so far has gone to pay for her transport, hospital bed, minor surgeries on her foot, copious amount of antibiotics and two MRIs (she moved too much during the first one so it had to be repeated).
We have no idea how much the surgery and follow-up will be so please keep sharing the campaign.
Keshab and Rajendra are taking it in turns at the hospital staying with Samjana and her family. It's a long, tough time for all involved and your support is very much appreciated by them.
:-)
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