“We thought his fight with a dreadful blood disease was over after the transplant. We used all the savings we had and even borrowed money from others to make it happen. I thought all his suffering has finally come to an end, but it isn’t. My son has been lying unconscious in the ICU for the past 20 days because of a dreadful infection that has spread to his entire body. All I wanted was for my son to live a normal and healthy life. But now I don’t have any money left for his treatment.” - Sridevi, motherLittle Sushank needs to stay in the intensive care to recover. He can only fight this dreadful infection with your help.
Sushank had become acquainted with the pain of needles since he was a babySushank's skin started turning unusually pale when he was just 3 months old. Worried, his parents took him to the local doctor in Bathalapally, Andhra Pradesh. After a series of tests, he was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Disease, a rare inherited bone marrow failure syndrome characterized by a failure of bone marrow to produce red blood cells. As he was too young to undergo a transplant, the doctors advised Sushank to undergo blood transfusions every time his blood counts drops dangerously low. And so, for the past 8 years Sushank has been surviving on blood transfusions.
Sushank before he underwent the transplant
A bone marrow transplant was the only possible cure for Sushank to fight the blood disease. Fortunately, his sister Driti Sunaina (2) was the suitable donor for the transplant. Sushank finally underwent a bone marrow transplant in a multi-specialty hospital in Bangalore, Karnataka. His father Bhasker with great difficulty arranged money for the transplant. ‘I thought my son will finally live a healthy life after the transplant. But I never thought something terrible like this would happen to my son.’ says Sridevi with tears in her eyes.
His fight isn’t over yetSushank was slowly recovering from the transplant and his condition was gradually improving. However, a few days after, he started having difficulty in breathing. His parents got worried when he was gasping for air. Sushank was immediately admitted in the ICU. Because of a dreadful infection, Sushank’s vital organs stopped functioning and he was kept on ventilator support. Sushank is slowly making progress and is currently undergoing treatment. He needs to continue his treatment for a few more days to recover from the infection completely.
Bhaskar works as a lab technician earning a meagre income of Rs 10,000 per month. To save his son from the severe blood disease, he spent Rs 12 lakhs for the transplant by using all his savings and even borrowing money from others. But now after using everything that they had for the transplant, they are in desperate need of help to save their son from severe infection.
“I have left my job in Bathalapally (Andhra Pradesh) and moved to Bangalore three months back just for my son’s transplant. Now having no source of income and not even a single rupee left, I can’t afford the treatment my son needs.” - Bhaskar, father