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I am fundraising to help Arisha get a Bone Marrow Transplant

Arisha is a three year old girl recovering from a major heart surgery and needs a bone marrow harvest. She is also victim to a rare disease known as Red Cell Aplasia.

She requires a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor to be cured of this disease. Doctors of Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bengaluru have given an estimate of Rs.25-30 lakh for this procedure. Her parents have been travelling frequently from Cuttack, Odisha to Bengaluru for treatment. They are helpless and cannot afford the massive amount. They are in a desperate search to get financial support and have been mentally traumatized seeing their daughter’s plight. Her mother has already knocked many doors, from politicians to film stars, to save her daughter’s life but in vain.

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9th November 2016
Dear Supporters

I am Sudhakar, a Milaap Open Fellow in Bengaluru. I spoke to Arisha’s mother, Amreen, on  September 21. 

Arisha will turn four on November 12. Arisha has been through a lot in the last few years. She was operated for a hole in the heart when she was only one. She was diagnosed with red-cell aplasia soon after. 

She is a very energetic and cheerful child. She recently even won a poetry competition in her playschool. As she grows older, she has started to realise that something is seriously wrong with her health, because of the frequent visits to the hospital.

She undergoes frequent blood transfusions to maintain the iron levels in her blood. She is also taking calcium and iron tablets and Zincovit. Normal iron levels in the blood are 170 - 220 µg/dL.  The iron level in Arisha’s blood is currently above 1300 µg/dL. Her parents spend over Rs 10,000 monthly on medicines alone.

The couple have already spent Rs 10 lakhs by selling all their property and taking loans. The funds have been used for various tests and medicines over a period of time. They also spent Rs 7 lakhs for Arisha’s open heart surgery. The funds raised by the campaign have been used for the bone-marrow harvest and medicines so far. 

Arisha needs a bone-marrow transplant as a permanent treatment for her condition. Her mother is only a 70% match for the transplant. They are looking for a 100% matching donor to give Arisha the best chance of recovery even if it means a more expensive treatment. 

The couple is planning to come back to Bengaluru for treatment in January 2017. They hope to raise funds by then. They still need funds for the bone-marrow transplant. Although the parents, Amreen and Imtiaz, have been running from pillar to post for raising funds for treatment, they haven’t been successful yet. 

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