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Sharjah teen dies after long battle with kidney disease caused by insect bite – News

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The 18-year-old Indian teenager’s story gained much attention in media as she had scored top results in her CBSE board exams.

Heart-breaking tributes have been paid to a Sharjah girl who died after a six-year-long battle against a chronic kidney disease. The 18-year-old Indian teenager Sandra Ann Jaison passed away in Adoor, Kerala on Monday, September 7, after suffering two consecutive cardiac arrests, her father Jaison Thomas told Khaleej Times.

Sandra was diagnosed with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) vasculitis in 2014 after suffering an insect bite, according to medical reports supplied by her father. A student of Sharjah Indian School and a member of the Sharjah Marthoma Church, school and church officials have expressed their condolences to the family.

The teenager’s story gained much attention in Malayalam media last month as she had scored top results in her Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board examinations held in May this year despite not having attended any classes this academic year.

“She was undergoing dialysis the entire time. She studied from home, and attempted the board exams this year with the help of a scribe,” said a tearful Thomas from Kerala.

She was expected to undergo a kidney transplant this month.

The family had travelled to Kerala on June 21 this year on a special repatriation flight as she was scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant by end of September. He explained, “We had lined up a donor for a kidney transplant. She was supposed to have the surgery later this month. Unfortunately, we lost her yesterday.”  Sandra is survived by her father, mother, who is a UAE Ministry of Health nurse and a younger sister.

“Most probably, we will hold her funeral at the Emmanuel Marthoma Church in Adur, Kerala on Wednesday,” said Thomas.

According to her father, Sandra was showing signs of breathlessness at 9am on Monday. “We rushed her to the hospital where we were told she had a mild cardiac arrest. Following which, she was given medications for recovery, but her BP was not normalising. A few hours later, she suffered a second attack,” said her dad.

Scored top marks in CBSE board exams

Despite her illnesses, Sandra scored top marks – 75 per cent – in her Grade 12 CBSE exams. In an earlier interview with a radio station in Dubai, Sandra had said, “I wanted to become an air hostess. But now, I want to become a clinical psychologist. I want to pursue my higher education in Dubai.”

EP Johnson, Sharjah Indian Association president, said, “On behalf of the school and the community group, I can say we were really hoping that Sandra would survive. She was a very bright student. My sincere condolences are with the family. The association and the school have done everything in our power to support the family.”

What is HSP?

Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is a disease involving inflammation of small blood vessels. It most commonly occurs in children. The inflammation causes blood vessels in the skin, intestines, kidneys, and joints to start leaking. According to Sandra’s medical reports, she was diagnosed with HSP in 2015 when she developed bullous lesions on her bilateral feet and calf following an insect bite. The lesions further extended till her waist line. By 2019, Sandra was diagnosed with stage five chronic kidney disease.



Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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