Kiran was just like every other kid enjoying his sweet childhood
“Kiran used to be very active. He was so enthusiastic to go to school that he would be the first one to get up early morning. And soon after coming from home he would sit with his brother Karthik (4) and watch his favourite cartoon on TV. He never had any serious illness before and he always looked happy and healthy.” - Madhulatha.
Happy Kiran before his liver started failing
Kiran was just promoted to 2nd grade and it gave him immense joy reading his new books and making new friends in his hometown Janapadu, Andhra Pradesh. But just a day after he started going to school, he started having fever. Madhulatha thought it was just a common flu and gave him some medicines after taking him to the doctor. But Kiran wasn’t getting any better. After several trip to the local doctor and the symptoms still showing prominently, Kiran’s parents were advised to take him to Hyderabad, Telangana for better consultation.
“Will I ever be going to school again?”After a few tests, Kiran was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease, a condition that causes higher than normal amounts of copper to accumulate in the body. The disease has completely damaged his liver, due to which it doesn't release copper into bile as it should. This copper buildup leads to severe damage to the kidneys and other vital organs it if is not treated on time. Kiran’s stomach is extremely swollen because of which he constantly cries in pain. He doesn’t even eat food fearing that he might vomit. Though it was a relief for the parents to know that Madhulatha was a suitable donor for the transplant but lack of funds stands in their way.
“I think my son knows about his condition and the only thing that he asks me is, ‘Amma, will I ever be going to school again?’ Each day he lives in constant fear of losing his life and not a day goes without crying. He knows that he will get better after the transplant and asks me when will he get operated. I don’t have the courage to tell him that we have no money left for the transplant.” - Madhulatha, mother.