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Keep Bella Breathing - Trikafta, the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Non -Funded 'Miracle Drug' cost $470k per year!!

Cause page created in the Kiwi Kids category by Sarah Macdonald for "Isabella Powell(Bella)"

$211,036 donated
Given by 2291 generous donors in around 4 months

Bella's main hope is Trikafta, as she faces the reality of losing her life!

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Seventeen-year-old Bella Powell lives with cystic fibrosis (CF). At 15 she was told she only had two years to live if her condition went untreated.

Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus. They then plug up the tubes and passageways which puts massive amounts of pressure on the lungs, eventually wearing them out.

Since cystic fibrosis is destroying Bella's lungs, she needs a lung transplant. She was put on the lung transplant list, however a new set of lungs have yet to come and the risk is high, the lungs might not work - she could die on the waiting list or on the operating table.

Living with her condition is like "having a pound of weights on your chest", she says.

"Your ribs can't move, you can't get enough air in. Your body is always sore.

Bella, with nothing to lose, as she faces the reality of losing her life, started taking Trikafta. A drug that's in limited use in New Zealand, and says her breathing had cleared in six hours after taking her first pill.

She takes three pills a day, two in the morning and one at night. Two weeks ago before she started taking them, she could barely walk. But now she says she feels great.

"[It's] more than a miracle. If there's a word that's bigger than a miracle, it's that."

But Trikafta costs $469,000 a year. It's owned by American company Vertex, which sets the price and it isn't subsidised by Government drug-buyer Pharmac.

She also only has a three-month supply.

Generous donors have funded three months of Trikafta for Bella. As any family would, we are looking down all pathways to find more funding to keep Bella breathing!

This is where you come in!

Until this drug is funded in New Zealand we face having to pay $470k per year, this is an unimaginable amount of money for anyone and is Bella's lifeline!

Please donate to Keep Bella Breathing

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Keep up to date with campaign progress and ways to help by joining the Access for Aotearoa - Campaign for precision medicines for Kiwis with CF advocacy group and by liking the Trikafta For Kiwis community page.

Sarah Macdonald's involvement (page creator)

I'm Bella's Aunty. Our family is blown away at the kind and generous donations, we are forever grateful. We work towards getting Trikafta funded for all CF sufferers in Aotearoa/New Zealand and securing enough Trikafta for Bella in the future.

Use of funds

Funds will be used for Bella's ongoing Trikafta treatment.

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Latest update

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Message from Alley ( Bella's Mum )  11 October 2020

Posted by: Sarah Macdonald

Today we say thank you to the generosity of so many friends family and complete strangers. Today my girl started her second three months of Trikafta made possible by all of you. We have been working on a documentary that will air later in the month that will show life with and without Trikafta. It has been hugely emotional but we hope will continue to keep Trikafta and all other life saving medications front and centre of those who make the decisions of who lives and who dies in this country.

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