Help 8 year old Aravind undergo a bone marrow transplant

Why Am I Fundraising?

My son 8-year-old Aravind is suffering from a rare condition due to which he has lost immunity. He has contracted TB and now is on continuous treatment. I have tried my best to collect money for him. We are from Assam. Aravind is the youngest of my five children. He has stopped going to school because of this condition.

Since birth, he was always a weak kid. He used to get fever and cough always. Over the years, it got worse. We took him to all prominent doctors in Guwahati. But no progress at all. Finally, we came to Chennai. He is now undergoing treatment at Apollo Specialty Hospital, Chennai. Luckily we have got a donor whose stem cells will match with Aravind.  Bone marrow transplantation is the permanent solution to our problem.

Have attached the estimation letter from the doctor below
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You can also verify at Apollo specialty hospital if need be. Request your support as I don't see a way out to help my son.
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22nd February 2017

Dear supporters,

I am Debotri Roy, a Milaap fellow. Here is an update on Aravind's health.

I spoke to his father, Laxman Singh, today morning. "He has recovered a lot and is doing really great. I didn’t imagine things would get better so quickly. It was only possible due the donors coming forward to help us", he said.

On Aravind's last visit to the hospital on 23rd January 2017, the doctor has diagnosed the current status of the child. The haemoglobin count was 12.7 while the white blood cells count was 5300, both falling under the normal range. He is a very active kid and plays around throughout the day. However, Dr Revathi Raj, advised the family to follow up on 20th March again, when Aravind needs to undergo few tests like MRI, CT Brain, Hepatitis b.

I  spoke to Aravind also, who is absolutely a super enthusiastic child. He spoke to me regarding his favourite game and wishes to go to school as soon as possible. Aravind’s only complaint is his parents force him to eat throughout the day but Laxman complained regarding his loss of appetite completely. 

"We just wanted to say THANK YOU in the biggest way possible. You gave us hope and courage when we completely broke down. During his last birthday, our child was admitted to the hospital, fighting the battle. But this year, in June, he will recover completely and will lead a normal life again", said the parents.

 Thank you once again. We will keep you posted on his progress.
29th September 2016
Dear Supporters,

I am Uthra Nagarajan, a Milaap fellow. I recently met Aravind along with his parents. Sporting a neon-green cap he refused to part with, Aravind seems to be recovering well from his bone marrow transplant procedure. He eats, sleeps, and plays well. His mother joked that Aravind wanted to start eating sweet and spicy food but isn’t allowed to do so as yet. An active kid, Aravind walks the one kilometre to the hospital happily from the family’s lodging in the city.

While earlier he contracted fever frequently, his condition has improved marginally now. “The bone marrow was only a half-match and not a full one,” explained Laxman Singh, Aravind’s father. “And so we’re very cautious about exposing him to unhealthy environments.” The family hasn’t visited their hometown in Assam for quite some time for fear of Aravind getting an infection during the three-day train journey. “Once we start the journey, there is no one to come to our aid in case of emergencies,” pointed out Laxman. “Quality facilities and hospital amenities aren’t available at our hometown, to take good care of my son.”

Currently, Aravind is under a 21-day regimen of two injections a day. A fortnight of it is over and there are just a few more days to go. However, the family is facing financial issues with Aravind needing more tests in the coming days. Laxman has been borrowing heavily to pay for the accommodation and food as well. Aravind’s doctor also emphasised that he would need Rs 2,00,000 more to complete his treatment and become a normal, healthy kid. 

24th May 2016
Dear Supporter,

We have received a note from Aravind's doctor. He needs to undergo a bone marrow transplantation. Funds raised through this campaign kept him going till now. His infections and tuberculosis didn't allow the doctors to perform a bone marrow transplantation till now. But now he is fit to undergo a transplant. Laxman's daughter is a match to be the donor for the transplant. But the family is in need of support.

Here's the note from the doctor:

Aravind has battled with tuberculosis since early infancy. For the first time in years, we have managed to get control of his infection that had also affected his brain and we now are in a position to offer a curative bone marrow transplantation. We have the child's sister who is now ready to donate her bone marrow. The procedure will carry a 50% risk to life as we are starting with a child with no immunity. The family is from Bihar and now live in Bongaigon in Assam where no facilities exist to diagnose or treat such complex cases.

If we have 15 lakhs arranged for the transplant, this boy will have a chance to live.

Laxman, Aravind's father, has no option left but to take his son back home if he cannot arrange the funds.

We are reaching out to you once again for help. We have created a campaign to raise funds for his transplant. This is the campaign link-

Thank you!
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