Vanitha and Balaraman were a happy couple and living a modest life in a village near Trichy. The happiness of their children Vasekaragan (7) and Lakshiya (5) made their world. Their small world was completely shattered when their youngest daughter Larshini was diagnosed with the dreadful disease Thalassemia.Now only a bone marrow transplant can save her life.It started with a fever and swelling on her head and stomach.
Larshini was completely healthy when she was born. She grew up perfectly well until she turned 2 years old. She had a heavy fever and within a day, her head and stomach were swollen. Vanitha was terrified and she rushed her to a local hospital. She was diagnosed with Dengue and was given medications. Her condition kept deteriorating. A couple of tests confirmed that she has thalassemia and might not survive for long.
Balraman was out of town and Vanitha with the little money she had in hand rushed to CMC hospital Vellore. Scan reports confirmed the same. Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin. This will result in an excessive destruction of red blood cells.
It has been two years since the diagnosis and ever since that little Larhsini is going through immense pain and trauma. Blood transfusion is done every month. Sometimes her condition becomes so worse that every blood transfusion is given within 15 days.Doctors said that only a bone marrow transplant can save her from the lifetime of painful blood transfusions.
"She is playful in nature She likes to play around but it lasts only for few days. She then becomes extremely weak and loses her appetite. It is only after another round of blood transfusion she regains her energy." - Vanitha
Vanitha and Balraman have struggled beyond words to pay for the monthly blood transfusion. Balraman works a driver and was working day and night to manage the expense. Unfortunately, two months before he met with an accident and has hurt his legs. Doctors have advised him to take bed rest.This came as a big blow to the family. However, they have not given their hopes, they are determined to fight all the odds.
Vanitha is physically and emotionally exhausted. She has to handle everything single-handedly.Larshini is now taking treatment in Apollo Chennai where the bone marrow transplant will take place. She needs to start her chemo cycles before the transplant. Unfortunately, Vanitha borrows money even for her travel expense now she is left with no penny to continue the treatment.
Vanitha has no source of income now and they have exhausted all their savings. Little Larshini is longing to get back to home and live a normal life. She has now got a chance, bone marrow transplant will help her be free from the painful blood transfusions. Her parents now banks on the generosity of the strangers. The treatment cost comes around Rs 17 lakhs which is beyond their means.