Nagender Kumar has to start work at 9 am sharp every day. He works continuously, often without even taking a lunch break, till 11 pm at night – when he can finally go home. But he is not going home to happiness like he would want to. His son, Viraj, is suffering from a severe blood disease that is making him weak with every passing day. He keeps crying continuously due to irritability
. His wife, Minakshi has to hold the baby throughout the day to calm him. It is left to a tired and famished Nagender to take care of the cooking and cleaning at the end of the day. But he doesn’t mind anything as his only worry is his baby’s health.
“I am ready to go through any suffering, any difficulty whatsoever to make sure my baby is alright. But money is a huge obstacle and I cannot save him without it,”-Nagender Kumar, father.
‘We have to travel 200 km to take him to the hospital every time’
Baby Viraj was diagnosed with thalassemia, a disorder in which the body produces lower-than-normal amounts of hemoglobin in the blood, just a few days after birth. Ever since then he has been undergoing frequent blood transfusions – every 25 days to be exact. His survival is entirely dependent on these transfusions right now. Even if there is a small delay in getting them, his whole body shuts down. He becomes pale and weak, and cannot even eat food properly.
“We don’t have a hospital nearby where he can get the transfusions. The nearest one is 200 km away and in another State entirely. Every time his treatment is due, I have to borrow more than Rs 5,000 for the bus trip alone. The journey tires him and makes him bedridden for days afterward, but we can’t afford going in a private vehicle,”-Nagender Kumar.
This father has resorted to working overtime on weekends, but even that will not be enoughNagender was already finding it difficult to balance both work and hospital trips when he decided to start working overtime recently.
He had no choice – the doctors had told him clearly that the only cure for his son’s condition is a bone marrow transplant and that it costs lakhs of rupees. He has been worried ever since and has been saving up every rupee. He has even applied for PM funds and asked his relatives for help, but nothing has come so far.
“Despite working extra hours, I am only able to get an additional Rs 1,000 to my Rs 5,000 salary. My son’s transplant costs Rs 35 lakhs – how will I arrange that much money soon? Please help me,”-NagenderWith your kind help, these parents can give their son a new lease of life – one that he desperately needs