A few months back, 9-year-old Manoj, son of Mahadevappa, was diagnosed with a rare but serious bone marrow disease called Aplastic Anemia. It is a condition where the bone marrow cells get damaged and stops producing more blood cells.Manoj with his mother Jyothi at the hospitalManoj's condition was not caught till it became worse
Last month, Manoj had a fever and kept complaining that he felt tired. The local doctor gave him some medicines for the fever
– but Manoj still felt tired. Mahadevappa decided to take Manoj to Mysore, the nearest city for better treatment.
“My sister and her husband are finding it very hard to cope with what happened. Manoj is especially attached to his mother and will not stay any where without her. She cries every day for seeing her child fight a condition this dangerous,” explains Mahesh, Manoj's maternal uncle.
Manoj's carefree childhood has been stolen by disease
The only treatment for Manoj now is a bone marrow transplant which costs around 24 lakh Rs. Unfortunately, Mahadevappa only earns 5000 Rs a month as a milkman and does not have the funds to afford the treatment.
“We don't want any money for ourselves. All we want is for Manoj to get better. His disease has robbed his childhood and till he gets treatment, he will need to stay alive by taking blood. I must have done something really bad to see my son suffer this way,” says Mahadevappa.
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