The Only Treatment That Kept This 2-Year-Old Alive Is Now Killing Him | Milaap
The Only Treatment That Kept This 2-Year-Old Alive Is Now Killing Him
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    Abhinandan

    from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Story

“He is 2 years old now and looks just like other children of his age, but he really isn't. He can't stand, walk or play for more than a few minutes. He can't speak a word, when he should be talking our ears off. And the hospital, it has become his second home. This horrible disease is taking him away from us and we feel so helpless.” 
- Radha, mother

A blood disorder is killing him

In December 2019, Jitendra and Radha had to suddenly rush their son Abhinandan to the hospital in the middle of the night. His hemoglobin was so dangerously low that it could have killed him if they didn’t reach in time. Ever since then, the little boy has been undergoing a blood transfusion every 25 days. He suffers from Thalassemia major, severe blood disease, and these transfusions have been keeping him alive but not for long.

Frequent blood transfusions are causing iron to accumulate in Abhinandan’s body, which can result in damage to the heart, liver and endocrine system. Recently his liver swelled up, and was brought under control with medicines but it was the first sign of the side-effects from his current treatment. 

He needs a bone marrow transplant to survive

“He was just 4 months old when it all started and for 2 years, he survived on the blood transfusions. He looks perfectly alright after the treatment, but in the next 15 days, he gets weak and pale again. Last year, doctors told us that even transfusions will not be of much help to him and that he will need a bone marrow transplant to survive. Infact, within a few months we were able to get a matched donor too but unfortunately, he contracted COVID and became unfit for the transplant. Now God has given us a second chance, but we unable to afford the treatment yet again.” - Radha

Abhinandan's current donor has already undergone the procedure to donate his stem cell. The little boy is currently undergoing chemotherapy, 3 more rounds and he'll be ready to undergo the transplant. But it will cost his parents almost 31 lakh rupees, which they are struggling to afford.


This transplant can give him a normal childhood

“I was so afraid thinking that he would have to live the rest of his life like this. But this transplant... it can save him from this misery. He can live like a normal child and not gasp for breath at the slightest strain. He will not be prone to infections or face any complications because of this disease. But all of this seems like a dream, because despite there being a cure, I am unable to save my child."  - Jitendra, father

You can help

Jitendra works in a small private company in Bhopal where he earns Rs 12,000 a month. Radha who once used to be a primary teacher in a local school is now unemployed due to the pandemic. They don’t have enough to afford this transplant. In fact, they struggle to afford even the monthly transfusion and medicines for their baby boy. They need your help to save Abhinandan.

"All we had, we have already spent on the treatment so far. We had to borrow for the chemotherapy that is going on and we are running out of that money too. I don't know how to save him. You are my only hope. Please help me save my son!" - Jitendra

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