“When you meet Palak for the first time, you will feel like you’ve known her for ages. She will talk to you, play with you, tell you stories. My Palak is a happy child. But this is just one side of her. You can’t tell by looking at her, but she’s fighting a dangerous disease. There are days when she can barely sit up and has to be rushed to the hospital because she’s bleeding or on the verge of fainting,” – Abhimanyu, father
8-year-old Palak’s body can’t produce new blood cells. She has a disease called aplastic anemia because of which she now needs a bone marrow transplant. Without which, she won’t make it for long.
Her father has no option but to stay away from here when she needs him the mostAbhimanyu and Anita have spent 5-6 lakhs so far on her treatment and don’t have anything else left. They can't afford the bone marrow transplant she needs. While Anita is with Palak in the hospital in Delhi, Abhimanyu had to go back to Bhopal for work.
“She calls me every day, asking me to come take her back home. I wish I could be there for my child, especially when she’s in so much pain. Par agar kaam nahi karunga toh kaisa chalega (if I don’t work how will I save her)?”
She starts bleeding from her nose and gums every other dayPalak was diagnosed with the blood disease when she was 3, but it was in January this year that her condition started deteriorating. She started bleeding from her nose and gums, had ulcers in her mouth, and could hardly sit up. She hasn’t gone to school since then and for a child like Palak, it can’t get worse than this.
“She’s too young to understand how dangerous this disease is. She’s only a child, so she thinks not going to school is the worst thing right now. She begs us to take her back. We have even rented a room near the hospital because we have to take her every time she gets weak. She can't go home yet.” – Anita, mother
Despite working all day, her father doesn’t have enough to save herAbhimanyu works as a driver and earns Rs. 18,000 per month. He now spends Rs. 10,000 on the rented room in Delhi every month and the medical bills for her treatment are only piling up. He can visit Palak only once in 15 days, but no matter what he does, he just can’t afford to continue her treatment any longer.
Palak needs a bone marrow transplant to recover. She’s very sick and can't go on without your help. This ever-smiling child needs your support to fight blood disease.