The birth of their child was a much-awaited occasion in the family.
Born six years after their marriage, the birth of the baby was an occasion of great joy for Karthick and Mehatha. But the new parents were shocked to see that their baby had angry rashes all over his body. The doctors ran tests and started the baby on antibiotics because the rash was the result of an infection.
Only 20 days into the treatment, the baby developed another infection – despite the strong dose of antibiotics that he was already taking. The doctors were now alarmed and conducted more tests to see how this happened.
The baby was finally diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease. This is a rare condition where the body is unable to defend itself against infections. Especially for newborn children normal infections become more virulent and can be life-threatening.
The baby needs to be started on a long-term antibiotics treatment. But in most cases, even that doesn't help. This illness can be so severe that the baby may not make it beyond the first 10 years of his life due to chronic, recurring infections.
A bone-marrow transplant is this couple's last hope for their child. But it is aprocedure that will cost Rs 25 lakhs. With a meagre salary of only Rs8,000 per month, Karthick has already depleted his savings and taken loans to continue treatment for the baby.
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