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Help Kalpesh in his fight against blood cancer

Kalpesh Gupta, 29, had to leave his job as an auto-driver to undergo treatment full time. The leukemia has relapsed, forcing Kalpesh to abandon his job to be admitted in Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad.

Kalpesh's well wisher, wrote to Milaap on his behalf.

"I am his well wisher. I wrote this email on his behalf as he doesn't know English too well and is not aware of how to use email.
Please help this guy he is in extreme trouble."


Hello, my name is Kalpesh Gupta. I am 29 years old and hail from Valsad, Gujarat. I am an auto driver and a father to an 11 month-old baby.

I am suffering from a relapse of Acute Myeloid Leukemia(AML) - a type of blood cancer.

I was first diagnosed in the year 2012. At the time, I was working in a textile mill as a machine supervisor with a salary of Rs.6000 per month. I was undergoing treatment in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, and was able to successfully do so as the company that
I was working in, met all expenses of the treatment.  The treatment proved to be successful.

Although I survived, life became too hard after treatment.  I joined back my job and also started driving an auto rickshaw for part-time income to cover up all my family expenses for the last one year. But I was not able to take care of myself.

Things got worse when I had a relapse.  The disease came back in 2016. It was very shocking for me and my family. We come from a very low financial background. It became harder for me to work and left both jobs 6 months ago. I was very ill.

I approached Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad for treatment this time.Dr. Chirag Shah (hematolgist)  said that I will be undergoing chemotherapy to reduce the cancer cells, followed by a Bone-Marrow Transplant(BMT) to be done as a complete cure.

But the treatment will cost around Rs.25 lakh and we cannot even think of managing this huge amount. Unfortunately this time, I do not have the company's support in helping me reach this target.

I am currently admitted in Neutropenic Ward in Apollo Hospitals,Ahmedabad and am facing a daily bill. I do not have enough time as the transplant process is scheduled to start soon. I don't know how I am going to afford this  and even if I will be able get the treatment on right time.

I am the only earning member of my family. I beg you all to help me arrange this amount. If this amount is not met, my entire family will be destroyed. I am worried about the future of my wife and baby.  Your support, help and wishes can help us. Help save me, so I can provide for my wife and my baby.  

Yours hopefully,  
Kalpesh Gupta








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21st December 2016
Dear Supporters, 

We are extremely happy to inform you that Kalpesh successfully underwent a bone marrow transplant and is responding well to his post-transplant treatment.  

Kalpesh was initially treated at Apollo Hospital. The estimated amount for the transplant there was Rs. 15 lakhs but post transplant admission would have exceeded the estimated cost and he would have been out of funds for medications and tests after surgery. Upon discussion with his doctors, Kalpesh consulted doctors at MP Shah Cancer Hospital in Ahmedabad who carried out his transplant.  Kalpesh has a risk of getting infections and needs to stay in an air-conditioned setting till he completes the treatment. Funds raised covered his transplant expenses and also the post-op medical tests expenses. Rs. 8 lakhs was utilised for the transplant till discharge from BMT ward. He is on medications and needs to undergo tests to rule out a relapse. 

 
Currently, he lives with his family in a rented apartment in Ahmedabad. He needs to visit the hospital for regular check-ups. The family is extremely happy to see Kalpesh regain his health. Kalpesh’s son, Aditya, turned 1 on December 11th this year. Kalpesh was elated at being able to celebrate his child’s birthday. He says, “Aditya has been my greatest strength through this entire ordeal. Whenever I felt I couldn’t bear the pain any more, I would think of him. The thought of living for him would give me strength to fight another day. I am very happy to be able to hold him and play with him.” 

While Kalpesh is not yet fit to resume driving his autorickshaw, he tries to keep himself engaged as much as possible. Most of his energies are now directed at taking care of and playing with his son. 

Kalpesh was almost in tears while talking about the support he gained from your contributions. He says, “I could not have done any of this without support from everyone who contributed to my campaign. I was afraid I’ll be able to never see my son grow up. But thanks to all the support from Milaap, I live to see another day. I am eternally grateful to every contributor.” 


We will keep you updated on Kalpesh’s progress. 

Thank you. 

Team Milaap. 

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