Three months and an aggressive blood disorder are all that took to rob two-year-old Mahin of the promise of childhood, leaving him racing against time for survival. Diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, Mahin's only hope is a bone marrow transplant thanks to an HLA match with his four-year-old sister. His parents Ashok and Gayathri, along with their friends and family, come from low-income households and are fighting alongside Mahin to gather funds for the surgery. Mahin's condition is getting worse, and his eligibility for BMT is entirely time dependent. He is on a clock and requires the surgery as soon as possible to have a shot at the life every child is promised.
"We thought it was dengue or some other fever. He was so full of life, and the minute the disorder showed signs, he completely retreated into himself. He is extremely dull. I don't think he knows what is happening to him or around him, and that is probably the worst part."
The medical bills have piled on since August 2016 pushing Ashok and Gayathri to leverage all they own including wedding jewels, an acre ancestral agricultural land and all their life's savings. The employees at the restaurant pooled their funds and raised Rs. 50,000 to help Mahin get the best help they could afford. The family now has Rs. 20,000 on hand for their future expenses having paid off Rs. 1,20,000 for emergency care and diagnosis across various medical centers.
"We cannot even move to a different place to reduce our expense. The last time we stepped out with Mahin just for a little while we ended up in the hospital for more rounds of platelet transfusion. Each time it costs about Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 7,000, and we are completely running out of money. I am going to work hoping we have at least a little income, even though the doctors have advised me to stay close as every second is critical."
Ashok has recently seen and stood by his friend's child succumb to a similar medical condition. He is working hard to earn what little he can to contribute towards Mahin's surgery and save his little boy.
"They said it is time-sensitive. If any changes occur in his or my daughter's medical profile, we would lose the chance to save him. We cannot lose our little boy. He is just two years old."
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