Pakistan to Houston: 8-year-old needs $1.8 million to receive double-lung transplant

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HOUSTON — Across the world, Houston is known in part because of the city's high-ranked medical center.

Maira Junaid, 8, came to Houston just for that.

The Pakistani girl has cystic fibrosis, which is a genetic disease that causes damage to the lungs and digestive system. Thanks to fundraising efforts back in Pakistan, she was able to come to Houston for treatment in October 2015.

Unfortunately, after initial tests at Texas Children's Hospital, doctors told her family Maira would need a double-lung transplant.

"Her condition is going bad day by day, because she's getting sick and she needs a double-lung transplant," Maira's father, Junaid Iqbal, said.

Because the family doesn't have American insurance, the transplant is expected to cost approximately $1 million. In addition, $800,000 will be needed in expenses her first three years after the procedure.

The family is working with the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance.  If you'd like to make a secure donation, visit Maira's NFT page by clicking here.

You can also make the tax-deductible donation by sending a contribution to the NFT Texas Transplant Fund at 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write 'in honor of Maira Junaid' on the memo line.

NFT is a non-profit organization based in Memphis that helps patients offset their transplant-related expenses through their community-based fundraising program.