On 31st December 2020, my father started complaining us about easy fatiguability and giddiness and we immediately rushed him to the nearby government hospital, Thrissur. Blood results showed a rise in the ESR , pursuant to which he was put on antibiotics. He showed no response to any of those antibiotics. Subsequent blood reports suggested that his Hb had dropped to 6 coupled with a very low platelet count . His symptoms did not subside and at the end of the week he started developing fever, joint pain, generalised weakness and was referred by the doctors to The Amala hospital, a private hospital in Thrissur for better care and was admitted there.
Soon, the fever profile including The Rapid antigen test for COVID 19 ,IgM Dengue, IgM Lepto ELISA and all the other routine blood investigations were repeated and within a day of admission his condition further worsened to such an extent that he couldn't even have food on his own without aid. As all the routine tests performed were negative, the doctors further evaluated him to find the cause of anaemia and so peripheral smear was done and detected blast cells population of more than 60 percent in the peripheral blood which was suggestive of Acute myeloid leukemia as per the hematopathology experts . He was then taken to Amrita institute of medical sciences and research centre , Ernakulam for an expert hematooncology opinion and for further evaluation and treatment.
Soon after reaching Amrita hospital he developed severe respiratory distress and a dip in the oxygen saturation levels after which he was under the supervision of critical care unit of the same hospital and underwent COVID19 RT PCR testing and Chest X Ray. His symptoms were further worsening with time due to which he was shifted to an isolation room with strict monitoring of his vitals. CXR showed significant consolidation and changes suggestive of pneumonia, and was started on parenteral antibiotics and antifungals.
Currently he has been diagnosed with severe pneumonia and is on ventilator support . His condition is getting worse day by day. Since his condition is not improving despite adequate treatment, CECT was suggested and the CT imaging revealed ground glass appearance and bilateral effusion.
Meanwhile the hematooncology evaluation was in progress .The doctors of Amrita institute of medical sciences and research centre did FLOW CYTOMETRY and a comprehensive AML panel was done for identifying the cluster of differentiation markers on the blast cells and confirmed it to be Acute myeloid leukemia with aberrant CD 19 . Soon after he recovers from the respiratory problems his fitness for receival of treatment for Acute myeloid leukemia would be assessed and will give specific chemotherapy for the same.
We’ve already spent ₹2.5 lakhs and we are in dire need of 20 lakhs more including all the medical expenses.
A very heartfelt request to everyone to please include us in your prayers and to help us in anyway you can to bring back my father to a healthy life.