TANKER is a Kidney Research foundation. Today, from awareness camps on the disease, to funding dialysis expenses and medicines, TANKER does it all.
Miss. Daphne, now 17 years old with A+ blood group was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome when she was just 3 ½ years of age. She has completed her education up to Grade 9 but could not study further due to ill health. Her father is a painter and earns Rs. 2,000 per month and cannot meet their daily needs. Her sister works in a private concern and earns Rs. 3,000. Initially Daphne was treated in a private hospital, but the costs were very high (Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,500 plus consumables). The treatment soon became unaffordable and her doctor referred her to TANKER. She joined the Kilpauk Subsidized Dialysis Unit on September 8th, 2011 and is on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. She is thankful to the TANKER donors for their support.
“Every medicine is very expensive which these people cannot bear. They get recommended by the doctors to us and we help them with the expenses through the funds we get,” adds Latha while smiling to the teary-eyed beneficiary and giving her moral support.
Mr. R. Kuppusamy is aged 72 years. He was a clerk in a small private firm. He is currently unemployed due to his illness. His wife earns Rs. 3,000 as a domestic help. In 2011, he was diagnosed with high blood pressure and was under medication. In 2012, he had symptoms of vomiting and tiredness. Investigations showed he had renal failure and was advised dialysis. He needed an arteriovenous fistula to be done; where a vein and an artery are joined to make the blood vessel larger and stronger for dialysis. As he was unable to meet his surgery expenses, TANKER pitched.
Ms. M. Nancy Vimal, who is 19 years, resides in Thiruvallur. Her father is an auto driver and earns Rs.4,000 per month. Her mother is a homemaker. She has a younger school going sister. In 2008, she had continuous fever and vomiting and was diagnosed with kidney failure and advised for transplant. She underwent a renal transplant in KMC hospital, Chennai. Her mother was the donor (age 43). In March 2012, she was advised to have some investigations but was unable to afford them. This is when TANKER Foundation stepped in and helped Nancy.
“The major expense is post transplantation where in the patient has to undergo continuous check-ups. Sometimes, there is fear of rejection too. They have to take medications and injections every month. This expense is supported by the foundation,” adds Latha.
TANKER Foundation has spread its wings all over Tamil Nadu and thousands of people have benefited from their good work. Besides funding dialysis, investigations and transplants, TANKER has reached out to many others with their Awareness Programmes in schools, colleges and public forums.