“There is never any pain or any other kind of irritation, he just bleeds every 15 days. You know what happens when we lose that much blood.” - Bharath (Father)
Likhit is brave, but it is not enough to save him from this struggleLikhit suffers from a very rare genetic disorder, LAD Type III & Glanzman Thrombasthenia which causes him to bleed profusely until he gets blood transfusions. Every 15 days, they run to the hospital with Likhit holding his hands over his mouth, trying to stop the blood from oozing out. He does not like the taste of it. He is not able to spit it out. He is scared that his teeth may all fall out.
"Likhit knows that it is hospital time when he bleeds, and he knows the entire drill, but he never cries, neither is he cranky. He goes around smiling and making friends in the ward, talking to everyone. Due to his thin veins, nurses insert the injection in his neck, a painful procedure, but he is very brave."
Over the last 2 years of treatment, Bharath has already spent 8 lakhs in treatment, and he needs 40 lakhs moreThe bleeding has increased, and so have the visits to the hospital. While the financial strain can be managed, Likhit's tiny body cannot handle the iron buildup from transfusions. It is likely that his organs will get damaged from frequent transfusions. This could be fatal.
“I am paying more than 30k a month because the frequency of the bleeding has gone up. Only last week, he got the platelets transfusion, and now again within a week we had to admit him for another platelet transfusion. Can you imagine what this does to a child, struggling with this disease for years?"
Father seeks help from PM Modi to help save his childBharath who works with payroll management company earns Rs. 27000 a month, exhausting more than that for Likhit's treatment. He is the only earning member of his family, looking after his son, wife and aged father. He sometimes works on Loss of Pay, as he has exhausted all his leaves trying to reach out to friends, acquaintances, government officials, support groups to ask for help for Likhit, but those contributions have not been sufficient. Recently, he even sent a moving letter to PM Narendra Modi asking for financial help for his son, awaiting a response.
Likhit's bone marrow transplant itself would cost him 40 lakhs. Bharath knows that he will not able to arrange for such a large amount on his own. Sometimes, he loses hope that he would ever be able to save his son.
"It is Likhit's smiling face, that keeps me and my wife keep up the struggle," says Bharath.
He will grow up to be a linguist if he survives this diseaseLikhit is a talented kid, and he already knows to speak in 4 languages, including, English, Telegu, Kannada, Tamil, and now wants to learn Malayalam from Youtube. He also loves to have ice-cream, since it is soft and melts right away in his mouth. Biting anything hard makes his gums bleed. If his condition deteriorates further, it would be very hard to save him.
"People say wait until you can pay for the treatment yourself. We can wait. But if his bleeding gets worse, he won't survive. We don't want to stop hoping that someone will help."Likhit is just 4 years old. He should be playing with friends and family instead of blood. Your contribution can save him.