Pramod knows how dangerous his disease is, but he wants to get better for his parentsGrowing up with a serious blood disorder, Pramod has now begun to understand the implications of it. He knows that the only thing keeping him going is the blood transfusions that he gets once in two weeks and the numerous medicines he takes. Without it, he will simply not survive.
“We used to never talk about it in front of him because he was so young, but now he knows that it can be fatal. He never misses a single doctors appointment and always makes sure to take all his medicines. He’s been in and out of hospitals ever since he was 7, but he’s been very brave about it. All he wants now is to get better for us.”
Pramod's body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells which leads to severe anaemia. Only blood transfusions ensure that there’s enough blood in the body for him to survive, and medications reduces the excess iron build up. Munirathna keeps a close eye on her son at all time, afraid that anything can happen to him at any moment.
Blood transfusions and his undying positivity aren't enough to keep him going anymore
“Everyone keeps talking about how strong he is. Every time we go to the hospital for his transfusions, he sees children getting better after a transplant and asks me when he can get the surgery. While it’s comforting to know that there is hope for my son, it's equally heartbreaking when I think that our financial condition is the biggest obstacle in his way. All our hope will be destroyed without treatment. His positivity isn't enough to carry him forward anymore. “
A bone marrow transplant can save his lifePramod doesn’t want Thalassemia to stop him from achieving his goals of standing on his own feet and giving his parents a good life, but Munirathna and Krishna can’t promise him a future, and this devastates them. Munirathna works as a domestic help and Krishna is a carpenter. Even with both their monthly incomes combined, they can’t afford the 20 lakhs needed for his treatment.
“More than his disease, my son is worried about our struggle. My husband and I don’t earn much. We were getting by with great difficulty as it is before we found out about his condition, but we never wanted it to stop him from getting better. We’ve begged and borrowed from everyone we knew for his treatment all these years, but now it's not enough. On some days we don’t even have the money for a blood test, how can we afford such a big surgery?"
How You Can HelpPramod can stop living a life of pain, suffering and constant uncertainty about his future with a bone marrow transplant. It can save his life, but Munirathna and Krishna don’t have the means to afford the transplant. Most of their earnings have been used for his treatment so far, and now they have nothing left to save their youngest son. You can help Pramod get the treatment he needs and save his life.
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