This little boy lives in constant fear of losing his life and begs everyone to help himArul had persistent jaundice since he was 2-year-old. The local hospital continued to prescribe medicines for him. Four months back, he suddenly threw up blood and became very weak. Shanti took her to Government hospital in Kanyakumari, he was admitted for a month and the tests reports confirmed that his liver has failed completely. The doctors suggested to take him to a hospital in Coimbatore. In a matter of few days, his condition deteriorated. His eyes are deep yellow now, he throws up everything and he can hardly get up from the bed. The fluid accumulation in his stomach causes him unbearable pain and does not let him eat anything. Last week, the sodium level in his body was drastically reduced which disturbs the brain function.
"He started shouting in pain and suddenly started talking incoherently. I did not understand what was happening to him. In the blink of an eye, he ran to the road. He was crying and shouting, asking people to help him. Fear of death has completely consumed him. A passer-by gave him Rs 100. I stood numb seeing all this. Everyone pulled him and he was taken to Emergency room. He became normal only the next day. I don't know what else I'm destined to see in this life." - Shanthi.
The little boy doesn't know that his mother cannot afford the transplantArul's condition is very critical and only a liver transplant can save his life. His mother will be his donor. Back in his village in Virundhunagar district Tamil Nadu, Arul has a lot of friends. He is quite popular in his school because of his sense of humour. He used to be mocked for his swollen stomach, (his stomach was lightly swollen for 2 years) but he easily made friends with everyone and eventually they stopped making fun of him. Now, his friends and teachers pray for him every day. Shanthi recently found out that one of his classmates innocently had told him that he will not survive without the transplant. Arul has stopped talking since then. Now all he thinks and speaks about is the transplant which his mother cannot afford.
An old photo of Arul
"My poor boy does not know that it needs lakhs to do the transplant. He does not understand why the transplant is delayed. He thinks I'm scared to donate my liver to him. Injections and medicines are making him more irritable, he shouts at me, sometimes he cries. He thinks no one is willing to help him and not even me. How can I tell him that I don't have the money for the transplant? " - Shanthi.
Shanthi used to work as a tailor but after the fire incident, she is hardly able to do any work. Shanthi's father, a poor auto driver took care of her and two little children Arul (10) and Edwin (9). With his meager income, he managed to feed them and take care of their basic needs. But they cannot afford the transplant that costs Rs 18 lakh. In the past four months, Shanthi has been to several hospitals and now she is running to everyone she knows for help. Every passing day is a risk on Arul's life but poor Shanthi has no means to save her son from this dreadful disease.
"I'm literally begging to everyone. My heart broke into pieces when my a passer-by gave a hundred rupee note to him. I could see that the disease is slowly killing him. All I have in life is my children and I can't bear to lose him. I have forgotten to even smile, let alone being happy. We are crying day and night with no one to help us. Crowdfunding is my last hope to save my son." - Shanthi.