Shreyas before the diagnosis
Shreyas has been diagnosed with a severe blood disease called Aplastic Anemia - a rare condition in which the body stops producing enough new blood cells. Children with this disease often experience fatigue, frequent infections, rapid heart rate and bleeding. Blood transfusions can prolong their lives only for a while - a bone marrow transplant is the only curative treatment.
This little boy is tired of being in the hospital all the time Before he was diagnosed with the disease 6 months ago, Shreyas never had any major health issues except for the occasional fever and cold. He was very active. But he suddenly got patches all over his skin. They took him to a local hospital and he was given medicines. But the next day, when he started to bleed from his nose and gums, his parents knew that something is serious.
"Initially he needed transfusion only once a week but now he needs it every 3 days. Now he's confined to the hospital. Not even a day has passed without him asking, "Mumma, can we leave today? my teacher will scold me if I take more leaves." But he still has a long fight ahead of him. " - Priyanka.
Good old days when Shreyas was active and energetic
"After paying towards our house loan every month, all I'm left with is Rs 3000"Shreyas' father Athish works as a technician in a college. He recently bought a house on loan and he and his wife managed to run the family with the modest income he makes every month. But it became extremely difficult after Shreyas' diagnosis. They had to borrow money for the blood transfusion and medicines. They have been staying in the hospital and managed all these days with the help of their friends and family. Now, they feel completely lost and helpless.
"We have so many dreams for his future. But without the transplant, he's only getting weaker by the day. I can't even afford blood transfusion now, let alone the transplant. We need 22.5 lakhs for it. I don't know how I can arrange such a huge sum of money in such a short span of time. " - Athish.