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Parents Spent 7 Years Trying To Save For Son's Treatment In Vain, Now He Has No Time Left

He knows there is something wrong with his body. He hesitates to ask. We never  got the courage to tell him. He is just 7! What would he even understand? If the disease doesn’t, fear might just kill him!”
For 9 years, Manikanta has been suffering in pain, from a liver disease while he should be growing up and living his childhood. His parents, daily-wage laborers have been toiling in sun, day and night trying to earn enough to save his life. 

So far, he has been managing on medication, but now, Manikanta’s condition has deteriorated and there is no more time to procrastinate. These parents need help to save their child.

A critical liver condition is slowly killing him

Rajnikumari and Srinivasa Rao are both from a very downtrodden family in rural Andhra Pradesh. Their life has not been as they imagined for 7 years. Everyone around them has financial issues but that never bothered them until their second child turned yellow just 3 months after birth. When he was rushed to the local doctor, he was treated for jaundice.

“My sister and brother-in-law are illiterate. They did not have the means to even come out of the village. So whenever Mani would fall sick, they would take him to some small hospital or clinic around the village. It took a while for him to be diagnosed of a critical liver condition.” - Nagaraju (Patient's maternal uncle)

Manikanta has biliary atresia, a condition where his bile duct is obstructed causing the liver to fail. Over the years, his symptoms have gotten worse including frequent fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, swollen limbs, swelling in the abdomen, breathlessness, and weakness. He has hardly been able to keep up with school.

If not for a transplant, we will lose him

“We used to send him to school for 2 days and that would exhaust him so much that he would be bedridden for 3 days.”
After diagnosis, Manikanta’s parents were advised to opt for a liver transplant. It was the cure for his disease. Lack of funds drove them to treat his symptoms and wait to arrange enough money until they can get their son the treatment he needed.

“Together we make Rs. 400/day. We are a family of 4. How can we afford Rs. 16 lakhs for this?”

How you can help

Manikanta’s life is in danger. He will not survive for long without this surgery. He has not lived a normal life till now. He has been on the bed for most of his life and unfortunately, the boy does not even know what is happening to him.

Your support can help this family save their little son.

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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.