“My father is a poor coolie who works very hard to feed and clothe us. He has to carry heavy loads for a living and this worries me a lot. Sometimes he doesn't even get time to eat, but makes sure that we, his children, are fine. He's always put our needs before his and all I aspired to do in life was study hard and get a good job, so that I can take away his pain one day. But instead I am suffering from a deadly disease now and he's struggling to save me,” – Rakesh
‘His body was turning white and there were red spots all over his body’One day in December last year, Rakesh came home feeling weak and burning with fever. He had red spots all over his body and he was turning pale. After a round of tests, he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a deadly and potentially fatal blood disease where the body stops producing enough blood cells. As his condition is very severe, the only cure is a bone marrow transplant.
“We don’t understand what disease he has despite the doctor explaining multiple times. The only thing we know is that he is surviving only on weekly blood transfusions now. The red spots have turned black in color. He used to have nose bleeds as well, but thankfully that has stopped,”-Bansiram
Weak and uncertain about his future, Rakesh has completely stopped talking nowRakesh is an introvert, who only focused on two things – studies and cricket. His favorite subject is Computer Science and he loves it so much that he aims to become a computer engineer one day, and pull his family out of poverty. But that dream of his is waning with every passing day. The weaker he gets as a result of his disease, the quieter he becomes.
“Earlier also he wasn’t much of a talker but he would talk to us about his day at school and how excited he was about the upcoming board exams. But now, the only words that he says now are ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ when I ask him if he wants food. His smiling face has become a memory now,”-Radha, mother
On Rs 250 a day, this coolie cannot afford his son’s transplant and needs your helpBansiram is a coolie in a small Rajasthani town. He earns only Rs 200 to Rs 250 per day. It is with this meagre income that he was feeding five mouths – his wife Radha and four children – Pooja (20), Anu (18), Rakesh (14) and Naveen (10). He was already struggling to balance household expenses and his children’s school/college fees when Rakesh fell sick. He had to take huge loans to finance the initial phase of Rakesh’s treatment, and is now left with absolutely nothing in hand. Rakesh’s sister Pooja is a matched donor, but the transplant can’t happen without funds – funds that are completely out of Bansiram’s reach.
“Poor people like us pin our aspirations of a better future on our children. I had high hopes for Rakesh – he was always so understanding of our financial problems and only wanted to pull us out of poverty. But now, he is fighting for his life and I am completely helpless,”-Bansiram
With your kind contribution, Rakesh can survive and take care of his family, like he always wanted.