Emma was diagnosed with Lupus in 1998. Since then has had more hospital stays than we can count as well as a few very serious stints in Intensive Care where we almost lost her.
As a result of the Lupus Emma had to have a kidney transplant in 2005 (the donor was our mother), but unforunatley it failed only a few years later and she has had to be on dialysis in Australia since 2009. As Emma is not an Australian citizen, she has been here for almost 12 years on a medical visa.
Emma had to leave her life, and career in Papua New Guinea to get this treatment and because of the visa restrictions she has been unable to work or study and had to become dependent on our parents who are still in Papua New Guinea. Medical insurance alone for her as international patient in this time has added up to over AUD$150,000, not to mention thousands of dollars in medicines and living costs for her and her son. Both of our parents are in their 70's now and have worked well into retirement age so that they can support her stay, but now with their savings drained, their age and limited work opportunities I don't know how much longer they can sustain this.
Emma's doctors have told her that if she did receive a kidney transplant her body would likely reject it, so at the moment, her only hope to stay alive is to be here in Australia on dialysis. Because of this, the first priority for any funds raised will be to cover legal costs for an immigration lawyer so that her and her son can remain permanently here in Australia. This will give Emma a chance to work and also give her and her son stability that they haven't had in a very long time. Anything that may be raised beyond that will go towards Emma's ongoing medical costs and as always, we as a family will continue to support her in anyway we can.
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