17-year-old Aatish Madhusoodhanan celebrated his birthday in June 2020 with
fun, frolic and hopes for a bright future amidst his family and close friends in
Dubai. But destiny had other designs as just two days later, Aatish was rushed to the hospital with complaints of severe chest pain and breathlessness. Several tests in the next few days confirmed that the boy was suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer. Amidst increasing cases of Covid19 in Dubai and subsequent delays in obtaining biopsy and other test reports, the devastated family decided to leave their nest and jobs to move to their ancestral home in Kasaragod district of Kerala, India to be amongst their closest kin.
Aatish’s treatment started at the MVR Cancer Centre hospital under the able
guidance of a panel of doctors like Dr. Narayankutty Warrier and Dr. Prashanth
Parameshwaran. However, within a year, in spite of the best efforts from the
parents and the doctors, all treatment options available in India for Aatish’s
recovery have been exhausted but the cancer does not seem to leave the young
boy’s body. Aatish, all of just 17 years now, has been left with the only option of
CAR T-cell therapy, a rare and expensive treatment available in countries like
Europe, USA and Israel. SHEBA MEDICAL CENTER in ISRAEL has given
Aatish’s parents a rough estimation of 2-3 crores (400,000 USD) for the therapy
that gives a fair chance and loads of hope to the parents.
The family that has earlier sponsored many students for their higher studies and
basic needs are now in dire need of this huge amount and are relying on your goodwill and prayers. Their efforts to dispose of their home in India has not yielded any returns due to the sore market during these unprecedented times.
After a lot of hassles, due to the COVID travel restrictions and permission related delays, Aatish has finally reached SHEBA MEDICAL CENTER and is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital. We as family members have pitched in our best which has helped in starting his treatment but will need a lot more financial help to complete his treatment . Will be really great if you can donate any amount within your capability to support Aatish's treatment.