Bageshwori is a 12-year-old girl from Achham, Nepal. She needs heart surgery to replace her mitral valve, the valve between the two left chambers of the heart, and allow her to breathe freely again. Bageshwori has rheumatic heart disease, a potentially fatal heart condition resulting from a previously untreated throat infection. Her condition prevents blood from effectively moving through her heart, making her short of breath and unable to live a fully active life. Without treatment, this condition may continue to worsen, causing congestive heart failure, and even death.
Bageshwori is in the 5th grade and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She loves playing house with her friends and studying Nepali in school. Bageshwori is energetic and positive, and does her best to remain active despite her increasing physical limitations.
Bageshwori’s surgery will cost $1,125. The average per capita income in Achham is $1 per day. Bageshwori’s mother was married at ten years old and is now twenty five. Her father is physically disabled and only minimally able to support the family. Her mother does her best to provide for Bageshwori and her three siblings, but she cannot afford to pay for Bageshwori’s medical treatment. She hopes that her daughter will get the medical care she needs to live a happy and healthy life.
Let’s help Bageshwori breathe again!