Maruthi’s 7-year-old daughter is fighting a severe form of blood disease. Her only hope at living a normal life is an urgent bone marrow transplant.
‘Five daughters? Must feel like a burden’ - no one understands they are the reason I live
Maruthi lives in Upri, Maharashtra with his five daughters and wife Saraswathi. Manvi, his youngest daughter, is dearest to him. A happy child, she loved playing with her friends. But almost a year back, she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Since then, Maruthi has left no stone unturned to get Manvi better. Regular blood transfusions, medicines, nutritious food - he has spent over 3 lakhs in a year.
“So many people tell me that daughters are a burden. That I shouldn’t care much about Manvi, I have four others to take care of. I need to get them married. They think I could save the money I spend in Manvi’s treatment and use that to get the others married. I will never do that,” - Maruthi.
Even transfusions every 15 days aren’t helping little ManviFor the last one year, Manvi has had innumerable transfusions. The journey to the hospital, the painful procedure in itself brings tears to Maruthi and Saraswathi’s eyes. But that’s the reason their daughter has been surviving so far.
“Sometimes, she starts bleeding from her gums and it just doesn’t stop. It is so scary. It feels as if she will die from so much bleeding,” - Saraswathi.
I am just a daily wager, without your help I can never save herMaruthi works as a daily wager in construction sites. He makes Rs 300 on good days, sometimes he doesn’t earn anything. But he is determined to save Manvi, he has borrowed from friends and relatives - even begged strangers. But 12 lakhs is a big amount for anyone, especially for Maruthi who has been struggling everyday of his life. With your help, he can save his 7-year-old’s life.
Her sister is the matched donor but the cost of the transplant is the major roadblock. Even a small contribution from your side can make a big difference in their lives.