Thivyak (6) has suffered from pure red-cell aplasia all his life. This means, his body does not produce any red-blood cells. The disease causes severe anaemia and needs to be managed with drugs and blood transfusions.
Hoping to cure him, Thivyak's parents Shankar and Sumathi spent everything to get him a bone-marrow transplant. Unfortunately, he has contracted a deadly fungal infection after the procedure and his parents need urgent financial help to save Thivyak.
Thivyak got blood transfusions from when he was just a year old. Since then, he has needed to take a transfusion once every 25 days. Regular transfusions are very damaging to the organs and the doctors suggested that Thivyak get a bone-marrow transplant (BMT). The procedure would trigger red-blood cell production in his body and he could lead a normal life.
For Thivyak and his parents – the bone-marrow transplant was the goal. It was when the transfusions and hospital trips would finally stop and Thivyak would go to school and be able to play with his friends. It was his parents' promise to him – he could finally have a normal childhood after the BMT.