“My child used to eat food properly before this disease took over his life completely. But now, I have to force-feed him. He throws up when I do that sometimes, but I still go on as I cannot bear to see him turning into a bag of bones.”-Ayesha Banu, mother of Asimulla.An old photo of Asimulla with his sister
The boy who hardly used to get sick now bleeds profusely due to a rare blood diseaseAsimulla had always been a healthy child who woke up early in the morning along with his parents and helped them with daily chores. He’d also help his sister, 7-year-old Firdous Fathima, with her lessons before sprinting to school. He never liked missing classes even when he suffered from mild fevers, which he got very infrequently. But it has been 5 months since he has gone to school as it was around that time that he was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a rare blood disease where the body stops producing new blood cells. Apart from fever and weakness, this poor boy also experiences profuse bleeding from his nose and gums, and has even started throwing up blood.
“He used to flinch at the sight of blood before. He never says anything, but we can sense fear in him. He keeps to himself most of the time and draws on the sketching pads we have got him – that is his only escape from the pain and distress now.”-Asifulla, father.
Asimulla is at a risk of contracting deadly infections now, needs urgent transplant before it is too lateAsimulla’s body has a weakened immunity now due to his dipping blood levels. As a result of this, he is very prone to deadly infections and cannot do anything except stay put in his sterilized hospital room. When he was diagnosed initially, little Asimulla only had to undergo blood transfusions every week. But now he needs them every other day as his blood levels dip dangerously low more frequently. These regular transfusions are only saving his life temporarily, and on the flip side, they lead to iron deposition in soft organs like heart, liver, etc that can prove deadly later.
Asimulla’s condition is worsening as days pass. The doctors are hopeful that he can be completely cured with a bone marrow transplant, but he needs it within a month. His mother is a matched donor, but the only problem is that the family is too poor to afford such an expensive medical procedure.
This poor daily wager has been jobless for 5 months now, is begging for help to save sonAsifulla used to work as a daily wager in Mysuru, Karnataka for Rs 300, which was hardly enough to cover rent and household expenses. Money was always scant, but he did not compromise on the education of his children and always made sure to buy the very best of school supplies and books for them. He had pinned his hopes on his elder child, Asimulla, as he was very good in studies. But fate had other plans, and he had to quit his job in order to get him treated in Bengaluru, and now is struggling to save him on no income. He had to leave his daughter Fathima in the care of her maternal uncle in Mysuru, as he doesn’t have enough money for even food now.
“We have contacted everyone we know, even near and dear ones, but help has not come so far. My son is dying and I am running out of time to save him.”-Asifulla.
How you can helpAsimulla is suffering from a severe blood disease that is compromising his immunity and making him very sick. Blood transfusions are not even to keep him alive anymore. An urgent bone marrow transplant can cure him completely, but his daily wager father cannot afford it.
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