Sayyad is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with thalassemia major in this genetic condition, the body cannot make red blood cells properly. Due to this he needed red blood cell transfusions every 3 weeks since a very young age. Though he has survived because of transfusion therapy, he also was developing iron overload (a condition in which there is excess iron storage in various organs which is damaging to the body. It is an expected effect with repeated blood transfusions). He was on medication to control this increase in iron in his body. His parents have diligently cared for him for many years.