A painful beginningBaby Srinivasa’s life began in pain. He was born 20 days before the due date, and since he was underweight, he had to stay in the NICU for a week. When he was discharged, Sunil and Nethravathi thought the worst was behind them. “Our daughter was so happy when we took him home. She said she will take care of him herself.” – their happiness was tragically short-lived.
The didn’t know that this unfamiliar disease has a permanent cureEver since baby Srinivasa was diagnosed with Thalassemia, a blood disease due to which the body has fewer red blood cells and lesser hemoglobin, Sunil and Nethravathi have been looking for ways to lessen his pain.
“He was only 3-months-old when we found out. We had just taken him for a regular check up in Tumkur after he vomited milk one day. We thought it wouldn’t be anything serious. We had never heard of the disease before this. Luckily someone told us about Narayana Hrudayalaya. There they told us he can be saved with a bone marrow transplant.” - Sunil
‘We see so much suffering around us every day’Sunil and Nethravathi soon realized that just like their baby, many other children also suffered from similar, if not the same blood disease. They often talk to the parents of the children there, sharing their sorrows and troubles.
“We realized that we’re not the only ones. We also realized that if he gets the transplant now, he can be fully cured of this disease. The parents of one of the older teenagers said that they wish they knew about the disease earlier, he could’ve had a better chance of a cure. We wish he didn’t have this disease, but we’re a little relieved that it was detected early so that he has a chance to beat it.”
Sunil’s income isn’t enough to afford the transplantSunil works as a salesman in a small saree shop in Bangalore. He earns Rs. 10,000 per month and has spent nearly 1.5 lakhs so far on his baby’s treatment with the help of the shop’s owner. However, Sunil can’t borrow any more from him. He is the sole breadwinner of the family. He has nothing that he can sell or no one that he can borrow from to afford the 34 lakhs needed for baby Srinivasa’s bone marrow transplant. Baby Srinivasa needs your help before it’s too late. With a little support from us, baby Srinivasa won’t have to go through the painful blood transfusions anymore.
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