In April 2019, Nathan had bilateral leg pain with swelling, and swelling of lymph nodes in his entire body. He and was evaluated at ASTER CMI hospital and later at St.John's, Bangalore, and was diagnosed with blood cancer B-ALL(Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and MLL rearranged. He was treated as a high risk ALL with Chemotherapy. After Chemotherapy, he was put on maintenance drugs for 2 years with a lumbar shot every once in 3 months. However, by mid of July 2020, his blood counts began to fall rapidly. This time again upon admission, Laboratory reports showed ALL has relapsed too quickly.
He is admitted in Christian Medical Centre, Vellore in the neighbouring state, where they diagnosed this as a relapse of AML(Acute Myeloid Leukemia). This being an aggressive form of Leukemia, he was treated with an equally aggressive form of chemotherapy, FLA-Ida chemotherapy from Aug 28th -3rd Sept 2020. He had vomitting and fever for a couple of days and he's being strong. Nathan is now on careful observation to maintain aseptic conditions and for monitoring his vitals and after 3 or 4 weeks depending upon when his leukemia is under remission, a bone marrow transplant is to be done. Nathan is the only son and so a 100% match through sibling donor is ruled out. His parents are only at 50% match. The hospital is searching for a 100% match. The insurance pays for the chemotherapy but not for the Bone Marrow Transplant. A matching unrelated donor within the country costs between 35 Lakhs to 40 lakhs(57,000 US Dollars). So far there is only a 90% match within the country. If the matching donor is from a foreign country, then the cost is 50 lakh to 70 lakh (about 100,000 US Dollars).
We need to raise the money in 4 weeks. He needs your help! Your support will cover the Bone Marrow Transplant, the expensive drugs his body needs to accept the transplant, and other expenses such as travel and boarding rent. Your donation as well as sharing with your network will mean a lot! Today, Nathan celebrated his 9th birthday with the nurses, doctors and with his parents in the hospital on the 8th of September. I would like to thank each and every one of you who would donate to Nathan's cause for giving him another chance to see many many more birthdays to come, hale and healthy, cancer-free. Much prayers appreciated!
I will put up timely updates on how Nathan is doing! Also, every report from the doctors and the bills will be shared!
With sincere thanks,