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Widowed Mother Struggles To Save Daughter From Blood Disease
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    Farheen Begum

    from Hyderabad, Telangana

Two days after Farheen was admitted to the hospital due to her blood disease, I found out that my husband had died in a road accident. He had been missing for a few days, and we had spent all our time looking for him everywhere. Even as she was being admitted to the hospital, I kept trying to call him, but his phone was switched off. Soon we found out that someone had found his body. I was shattered. But more than myself, I worried about how I’m going to tell Farheen. Even in severe pain she used to say, “Don’t worry about me, please let’s find abbu." She's already fighting a severe disease, and now she has to deal with the loss of her father.” – Shaheen, 19-year-old Farheen’s mother.

Shaheen was desperately trying to look for her missing husband when she found out about Farheen’s illness

A few weeks before her father went missing, Farheen (19) started having white patches on her face. She often felt light headed and weak. On taking her to the doctor, they found that the probable cause of it could be Jaundice. For a week she was treated for it, however, Farheen’s condition only got worse. Her blood count was decreasing.

During that time, I was so busy frantically looking for my husband, that Farheen also didn’t tell me about how unwell she was feeling. She’s studying in her second year of college, and she had even stopped going because of her weakness. However, when I saw that she was getting paler by the day, I knew it was something serious."

Farheen has aplastic anaemia, a condition in which the body stops producing enough new blood cells. She has been undergoing blood transfusions every week for six months now, but they’re not enoughFarheen needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Fortunately her younger brother Afroz is a suitable match, but her family is penniless.

Their happy days seem like a distant memory now

Even before her diagnosis, Farheen was a quiet girl, but she was happy. She loves going to college and often dreamed of a future where she would have a stable job. She and her five siblings are extremely close, and she considered her father her strongest support.  Now, there’s only silence when their family is together. Shaheen often thinks about the good days, but it all seems like a distant memory now.

“Farheen and her father would spend hours talking to each other about books. He was her strength, in fact, all of ours. We could count on him for anything. He saved money only for our children’s future. But now, we’ve lost everything.”

With no income, Shaheen is struggling to afford the life-saving transplant

After spending all the money that Nisar and Shaheen had saved over the past 10 years on Farheen’s treatment so far, Shaheen now has nothing to afford her life-saving bone marrow transplant. She is still grieving her husband’s death, but she has only one thing on her mind – to save her daughter from this disease. However, Farheen's monthly medical bills exceed Rs. 20,000, and with no income, Shaheen is struggling - 15 lakhs for the bone marrow transplant is an imaginable amount for her. Farheen’s condition can turn fatal without treatment, and she’s running out of time. She needs the bone marrow transplant at the earliest.

How You Can Help

Farheen has her whole life ahead of her, and in the past 6 months, she has had to face many hurdles. Along with the news of her illness, she also lost her father – her pillar of strength. Farheen can fight her blood disease with a bone marrow transplant but her mother doesn’t have the means to afford it.

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