"Two years ago, I saved my only son by donating a portion of my liver to him. He was admitted to the hospital when he turned one. I promised him that day that we will never celebrate his birthday in the hospital again. But I failed. He just turned 4 years old now and is battling for life in the hospital again. He means the world to me. My little one wouldn't sleep without wishing me goodnight and used to wake up early to kiss me a good day. My son never failed to surprise me by staying awake the days I came home late at midnight. Past 10 days in the ICU were the most terrible, the sight of him fighting in the ICU was unbearable," - Manjunath, Thanmay's father.
The deadly disease left this family completely shatteredWhen Thanmay was 10-month-old, Manjunath found something hard in his stomach while giving him a bath. Worried Manjunath alerted his wife and they rushed him to the hospital. They were almost sure that no harm would come to him but sadly, the twisted fate planned the worst for them. He was diagnosed with liver cancer.
"We were shocked, I couldn't believe what the doctor was saying. I took my son to another hospital but when they told the same, I felt the unbearable pang of pain and almost fainted. I wept inconsolably. My tears wouldn't stop until my wife said that we have to hurry to get help. But unfortunately, my friends and relatives asked us to give up on our child. But how could we? Holding the reports in our hands we not only went door to door but also schools and colleges begging for help. With God's grace he was saved with generosity of many kind hearts. But now he is facing the same fate and I feel completely lost. With my earnings as a driver, I cannot even afford hospital admission for him." - Manjunath.
This fatal disease will kill this little 4-year-old even before he learns to speak properlyThanmay did well for two years after the transplant. His parents got admission for him in a play school 5 months ago. Just when this couple thought their son is beginning to live a normal life he was attacked by jaundice. They thought it will be cured in a few days. But sadly, his body rejected the new liver. This 4-year-old little boy was admitted in the ICU for 10 days and doctors said that he needs proper and intense medication to survive. Only this urgent treatment stands as a last resort to save Manjunath and Deepika's only son.
Thanmay with his parents before the diagnosis
"My son cries day and night with severe stomach pain. It has become an everyday challenge for me and my wife to console him. He wants me to stay next to him every day. But if I don't drive my cab, I won't even able to feed him the next day. My wife tries to distract him from the pain but nothing works. He just learned to say a couple of words. Whenever I call her to check on my son, all I hear is her cry and my son calling out for me 'appa, appa.' I struggle to fight back my tears and continue to drive. He is very close to death and we don't have time." - Manjunath.
This cab driver will lose his son without immediate helpManjunath is the sole breadwinner of the family. He earns a very meager amount. With his little income, he not only tries to feed his family but also tries to save some amount to provide proper education for his son. He has spent all his savings for the transplant and he borrowed a huge sum of money. Even before he could earn and pay back the amount with interest, his child is fighting to survive again. Now, the ICU admission had forced him to borrow again. The family needs 5 lakhs and they cannot afford the treatment that can save their only son.
How You Can Help4-year-old Thanmay's body had rejected the transplant and he urgently needs intense medication. The parents who dearly love him cannot bear the expenses of the treatment. They have exhausted all the money and crowdfunding stands as the only hope. Without this urgent treatment, this couple will lose their only son.
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.