Help Baby Mallika Fight Blood CancerIt is very early in the morning and people in the small houses next to the hospital are awake. Patients who are undergoing treatment in the hospital and their families stay here. If you listen closely, you can hear a faint cry of a child. She has been crying since long. At times, she stops and you can hear her mother’s voice calling out her name “Mallika’ and asking her not to cry. But she continues to cry. She has been in the hospital the previous day and the pain of injections has not left her.This little child is suffering from blood cancer and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant to get cured. Mallika’s parents are poor and are struggling to raise funds for her treatment.
18months into This World and Baby Mallika is Already Fighting cancer
Baby Mallika was just 18 months old when she started falling ill. She was taken to a local hospital near her village. After being referred to few hospitals and after completing few tests, her parents found out that she is suffering from B-Lymphoblastic Leukemia (LBL)(CD10-partially positive), a form of blood cancer.
Her family was shattered by the news. Chintala Sattiah, Mallika's father, decided to take her back to the village since he didn’t have the money to treat her. But which father will have the strength to see his child die. Sattiah decided to take his daughter to a better hospital. He started speaking to the people who have been to other cities to get an understanding of the hospitals for cancer care. But it was not effective. Finally, doctors who treated Mallika initially referred him to Rainbow Children's Hospital in Road no10 banjara hills, Hyderabad.
This Father Travelled 300 km to Keep His Daughter AliveIt was not easy for Sattiah and his wife to decide on moving to Hyderabad for Mallika’s treatment. They knew nothing about the city which lies over 300 Kilometres away from their tiny village in Telangana. Determined to save his daughter, Sattiah decided to take his baby to Hyderabad. “First, it was fear. My wife thought we will be lost in the city without knowing and without having money. But in my heart, I knew that I should try. I found strength and decided to move to Hyderabad. I remember my father’s words. He used to say that every father will find strength in their heart and this will guide them to do the right things for their children. He was always right.”
She Is One Step Away From Becoming Cancer-FreeMallika is lucky to have found a matching donor. She is waiting for her bone marrow transplantation. The cord blood unit costs nearly 15 lakhs. The overall cost of the transplant will come up to Rs 30 lakhs. This is a huge amount for Sattiah and he is worried that the treatment will get delayed due to lack of funds.“We were so happy that we found a matching donor for her transplant. the expenses are more. We are so close to seeing our daughter get cured but worried that this will not happen”.
Finally father received funds,lost some properties also and successfully Completed Mallika's bone marrow transplant.now father didn't have money for 1year treatment and medical expenses.
How You Can Help Mallika
She is just 18-months-old and has a whole life ahead of her. She is very close to getting cured and if she undergoes transplant as planned, she has a good chance of survival. Our support now will make a huge difference and save a life. Funds raised through this campaign will be transferred to the hospital to ensure it is used to settle the treatment,tests,medicine expensess