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Single Mother Struggles On Her Own To Save Her Son, You Can Help

“I lost my husband. I lost my older son. Must I lose my Rushi now as well?
– Srilakshmi, mother


Srilakshmi and her husband lost their first son to ALL cancer in 2011. It had been a time of incredible sadness for the couple, but after 5 years of grieving, Srilakshmi got pregnant with baby Rushikesh in 2016. All was well with her pregnancy until her water broke unexpectedly and she had to take herself to the hospital. Her husband had been at work and was rushing to the hospital when he met with a bus accident that cost him his life. As the doctors handed Srilakshmi her newborn son, she couldn’t stop crying as she promised him that she would never let anything happen to him.

 

But dark clouds followed little Rushikesh too, in the form of an unexplained fever late last year


Rushikesh was a very active and playful child, so at the first sign of trouble, Srilakshmi had taken her son to a doctor. He was given some medication, but the fever was persistent for months. Increasingly worried with each passing month, she took her son to doctors in three different cities to get his condition diagnosed. It wasn’t until February that a doctor in Chennai finally figured out what poor Rushikesh was suffering from: HLH, one of the rarest diseases in India. With HLH, the immune system attacks the patient’s own tissues and organs, including the liver, brain and bone marrow where blood is made.

 

She tried so hard to give her son the love and support that two parents are supposed to give


“After my husband passed away, I taught myself how to sew and I’ve been working as a tailor to keep a roof over our heads and food in little Rushi’s belly. Sometimes it got very hard. Just last year for a few nights I had to go to bed with my stomach hurting from hunger because there wasn’t enough food. I was giving my portions to Rushi so he could sleep happily.
– Srilakshmi
 

She’s watching her precious Rushi suffer each day


Because of the HLH, Rushikesh constantly suffers from fever, rashes, and fatigue. It even caused a drastic weight-gain. Occasionally, however, little Rushikesh experiences full paralysis lasting anywhere between a day to a few weeks, because of his condition’s effect on the Central Nervous System (CNS); early this year, poor Rushikesh was paralyzed for 3 months. Apart from all this, he is also at great risk for heart failure, kidney failure, and respiratory distress because of the HLH, which is why he needs an urgent Bone Marrow Transplant surgery.

 

Srilakshmi now seeks your help in keeping her promise to her son


“I swore I would keep him safe but this is beyond me now. I refuse to give up hope, though. I don’t want to believe that just because I’m poor I have to watch my son die in front of my eyes. I’m placing my faith in all of you now. I close my eyes every night believing that everyone who hears my story will feel the pain I’m going through, and help me bring my son home. Please, please save my Rushi…”
– Srilakshmi

With no one else to turn to, Srilakshmi is now relying on the kindness of strangers. Click here to donate and help save Rushikesh's life by getting him the surgery he needs.

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21st November 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the love and support.

We would like to inform that Rushikesh's health is now in stable condition and he is doing well post the transplant. He is at home and is recovering well along with medication.

Regards,
Veera Badrarao
(Rushikesh's Uncle)
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the love and support.

We would like to inform that Rushikesh's health is now in stable condition and he is doing well post the transplant. He is at home and is recovering well along with medication.

Regards,
Veera Badrarao
(Rushikesh's Uncle)
3rd October 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for supporting Rushikesh.

He is now having a speedy recovery and his health is getting better everyday.

His mother has been at his side all these days and wishes to say thanks to all the donors who have helped them in this hour of need.

Regards,
Veera Badrarao
(Rushikesh's Uncle)
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for supporting Rushikesh.

He is now having a speedy recovery and his health is getting better everyday.

His mother has been at his side all these days and wishes to say thanks to all the donors who have helped them in this hour of need.

Regards,
Veera Badrarao
(Rushikesh's Uncle)
23rd September 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for supporting Rushikesh.

Rushikesh is now 8 days post bone marrow transplant. Every day has been a struggle with high fever and multiple medications. He is in a lot of pain from an abscess in the perianal area.

His mother has been at his side all these days and wishes to say thanks to all the donors who have helped them in this hour of need.

Regards,
Apollo Hope Team

Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for supporting Rushikesh.

Rushikesh is now 8 days post bone marrow transplant. Every day has been a struggle with high fever and multiple medications. He is in a lot of pain from an abscess in the perianal area.

His mother has been at his side all these days and wishes to say thanks to all the donors who have helped them in this hour of need.

Regards,
Apollo Hope Team

Rs.896,612 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

Beneficiary: Rushikesh Shiva info_outline

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