A horrific swimming pool accident left a teenager without her intestines and unable to eat food for the last 10 years. When she was five-years-old, Salma Bashir was playing in a baby swimming pool in Alexandria, Egypt. She sat on the pool’s suction valve and the force was so strong that it ripped her small intestines from her body. Given just weeks to live Salma’s parents travelled with their young family to Pennsylvania, USA for life-saving surgery. Salma was then on a waiting list for a transplant and after a year and a half of waiting, she had the surgery that her family believed would be the start of the rest of Salma’s life. Instead the small intestines transplant rejected and after six months it had to be removed along with Salma’s large intestines and gallbladder; her stomach also had to remain open. Salma now receives all her nutrients via a TPN tube. Hopes for a future transplant are slim – the estimated cost of the five-organ transplant are $3 million but that’s not stopping Salma for giving it everything she’s got: the chatty teen has raised $15,000 already on her Gofundme page, while her makeup channel is a chance for Salma to escape her daily pain and discomfort.
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