• The patient who uses the handle @Nkolisa on Musk's social media platform appealed to the billion-dollar entrepreneur to procure a year's supply of Trikafta tablets for her.
A South African cystic fibrosis patient has reached out to countryman and X CEO Elon Musk to help her secure a year's supply of a prescription drug worth Sh44 million.
The patient who uses the handle @Nkolisa on Musk's social media platform appealed to the billion-dollar entrepreneur to procure a year's supply of Trikafta tablets for her.
"Dear Elon Musk, would you kindly get me at least a one-year supply of this life-changing medication just so that I am able to see myself turning 30 next year? Just one year to get myself feeling healthy, this would change my life for at least a year, please and thank you," she said.
A year's supply of the drug will set you back $300,000 (Sh44,190,000).
It remains unknown whether or not Musk offered to help but he had not responded to the request on X hours after users on the thread tagged him on the post.
Trikafta is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients aged two years and older.
They must have at least one copy of the F508del mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene or another mutation that is responsive to treatment with Trikafta.
A packet contains a combination of 84 tablets in four wallets, each carrying fourteen 100mg tablets of elexacaftor, 10mg tezacaftor and 75mg ivacaftor and seven tablets of 150mg ivacaftor.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and the digestive system.
It affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices causing the fluids to become thick and sticky.
Symptoms vary and can include coughing, repeated lung infections, inability to gain weight and fatty stools. They then plug up tubes, ducts and passageways.
Treatments may ease symptoms and reduce complications but the condition has no cure.