“He asks me why he has to go through this. I tell him that when the battery in his toy car stops working, we put new batteries, just like that he also needs new batteries to get better. His reply is quick and prompt – I don’t want new batteries, it’s very painful. I just want to go home… what can I say? Taking him home will kill him.” – Gaurav, father
Atharv before he lost all his hair to the treatment
He has been suffering since he was just 6-months-oldThe ‘battery’ that Gaurav speaks of is a bone marrow transplant that Atharv underwent in March for his blood disease. Atharv was diagnosed with Thalassemia when he was just 6-months-old and was undergoing blood transfusions every 3 weeks before Gaurav and Manisha learnt of the permanent cure.
“We even took him home for a few days after the transplant, everything seemed to have worked out…but soon he started falling sick. One night he fell so sick that he couldn’t even breathe. He was shifted to the ICU then.”
Atharv now needs stem cell infusion on Monday. Otherwise, the infections can kill him.
He looked like any other child – but his body was giving up on himIf you see Atharv’s earlier pictures, you won’t believe that he’s fighting a deadly disease. The blood transfusions were keeping him active. His 3rd birthday in November was the last happy memory the family has – everything went downhill after that. Atharv only got sicker.
Gaurav was forced to quit his job to take care of AtharvGaurav had no option but to quit his job. It’s been 4 months since. He has no income and no savings anymore.
“Manisha stays with Atharv inside the bone marrow transplant ward...I visit him for 10 minutes at least twice a day. He can’t be around too many people. We have to wear masks every time we enter. Even though I can’t stay in the ward with him, I have to be in the hospital, available if the doctor calls me.”
This has been their life for the past 4 months. After spending lakhs on his treatment so far, Gaurav can’t afford the treatment Atharv needs on Monday. He’s running out of time.
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