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7-year-old's Immune System Can Shut Down Without A Transplant

For Harsh, no infection is a mild infection. All of them are a threat to his life. In 2018, my son has been admitted to the hospital 5 times. In the past 7 years, he’s been admitted over 40 times and fought so hard to live. Just 15 days ago, for the first time, he told me, ‘Will I get better? If not, it’s okay, let me die’. I was devastated and I wanted to cry but I didn’t shed a tear. If I cry in front of him, he will lose his will to fight.” -  Pushpalata, Harsh’s mother

Since birth, 7-year-old Harsh has been tortured by a rare immune disease, making him extra susceptible to every infection out there. Harsh weighs just 7 kilos and he has valiantly recovered from countless life-threatening infections. The malnourished 7-year-old is now at an extremely critical stage and cannot survive without an immediate bone marrow transplant.

Harsh has been battling life-threatening infections since he was a small baby; it has only got worse over the years

“In 2011, when he was a few months old, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Harsh is our only child, and this hit us hard. Eventually, in November 2011 we got to know that he has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. He and his immune system are so weak that over the past 7 years, he has got countless infections and even the most basic ones can be life-threatening. When he was 10 months old, he was pooping blood endlessly. He was in the hospital for 45 days. I can’t tell you how much I’ve cried, or what Harsh has been through.” – Pushpalata



In 2016, due to severe diarrhoea, Harsh was admitted in the hospital for over 2 months and even went a few days without food. As if things aren’t bad enough already, after that Harsh was rushed to the ICU because his heart was at high risk of failure. In addition to this, in January 2018, due to a severe calcium deficiency, Harsh’s hands were disfigured and he had to be admitted to the hospital not once, but 5 times.

7-year-old Harsh looks like a scrawny 2-year-old because of his condition


If you look at him, he doesn’t look like a 7-year-old. In fact, he looks like he’s just 2 years old. He weighs just around 7 kilos whereas a normal 7-year-old is around 22 kilos. He needs an IVIG injection every month and when it wears off, he gets loose motions. So, even though he loves eating good home-cooked food, his weight just doesn’t increase because he suffers from loose motions so frequently.” – Pushpalata

Harsh can't even step out of his house, let alone go to school and it is a miracle that he is still alive

For the past 7 years, Harsh has just been at home, apart from the days he’s fighting for his life in the hospital. Harsh can’t go to school, festivals, or out for anything. Even all the windows in his house are sealed shut because he can catch an infection so easily. If someone goes to meet Harsh, they can’t go near him and have to talk from a distance. Harsh has also been riddled with frequent viral fevers. Along with his physical health, this has also severely affected the 7-year-old’s mental health. Harsh has been tormented with life-threatening infections which he has miraculously recovered from till now. But now, the 7-year-old can’t go any further without an immediate bone marrow transplant. His parents have been matched as suitable donors too.

Pushpalata and her husband are desperate to save Harsh, but their short funds are a big obstacle

My husband, Rahul, works as an electrician and earns just around Rs. 250/day. Every 3-4 weeks, Harsh needs the IVIG injection which costs Rs. 14,000. He also takes 10 tablets a day out of which most are antibiotics. My son has fought so bravely for a reason. I know he will get better and even though we are struggling, we are trying really hard to provide for the transplant as soon as possible. I want to save him and see him go to school. I know he will be late, but that’s okay, he is special.” – Pushpalata

How you can help

Until now, Pushpalata, her father, and Rahul have spent over Rs. 15 lakhs to keep the 7-year-old alive. After admitting him over 40 times to the hospital, Pushpalata is left with nothing to provide for the life-saving bone marrow transplant which costs around Rs. 38 lakhs. Her son is a true warrior who has battled countless infections but, she just can’t save him without your help.

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29th July 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your lovely support. This means a lot to us.

Harsh is currently doing well and is yet to undergo the transplant. The doctors ran a few tests and found mild infection, for which he is now undergoing treatment. He is recovering well and he is likely to undergo the transplant in another 15 days, once he recovers completely from the infection.

We shall keep you posted on further developments. Thank you again! Please keep praying for my son.

Regards,
Pushpalata
(Harsh's mother)
9th July 2018
Dear Supporters,

Harsh Powar has a fully matched unrelated donor in Datri registry. We are getting the donor ready for donation. Harsh will come to Bangalore next week and we will start his preparation for the transplant.

Regards,
Dr. Sunil Bhat
18th June 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love and support. This couldn't have been possible without you.

Harsh is currently doing well. He's at home now and the doctors are waiting for his vitals to stabilize to proceed with the treatment. He needs to gain weight to be able to endure the treatment.

The bone marrow transplant is yet to be done. We are all hoping to see him recover soon. We shall keep you posted on the further developments.

Please keep praying for him. Thank you everyone once again!

Regards,
Ankit
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