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The Only Treatment This Father Can Afford For His Daughter Is Killing Her

Every 21 days for the past 8 years – almost her entire life – little Jasshree has had to go to a hospital to get a blood transfusion. By now she is very familiar with the ritual, it is as part of her life as is going to school. The mind of this young child never really questioned “Why?”, she just accepted it. Until now.

“I don’t know what to say to her. How do you… How do you tell a 9 year old that these treatments are the only thing keeping her alive? Or that you’re the reason she might die in the first place?” – Chandrasekhar, father, crying

Little Jasshree has a rare blood disorder called Thalassemia, a disease where one’s blood is unable to transport oxygen through the body, leading to severe weakness, dizziness, and stunted growth. Thalassemia is an inherited disease, meaning Chandrasekhar and Chitra, her mother, were both carriers, and gave the disease to Jasshree at birth. There are only two ways to treat this disease: blood transfusions, or a bone marrow transplant.
“I’m just a farm hand. When the doctors told me how much a bone marrow transplant would cost, I knew I would never be able to afford it, that I would have to get her the transfusions instead. But even that I’ve been barely able to afford; almost all the money I make goes towards her treatments. Every month when I get paid, I cry with happiness because now I can buy my daughter another month of life.” – Chandrasekhar

But now the treatment is starting to kill little Jasshree

As a rare side effect of a lifetime of blood transfusions, her blood has gotten overloaded with iron, and this has caused extensive damage to her liver and kidneys. But for little Jasshree, more devastating is the effect on her legs: she now gets frequent and severe leg pains and cramps. This in addition to her weakness means she can now barely only walk 10m before she collapses.

“It’s been so hard for her because she used to love dancing, it was her favorite thing in the world. But now she can't even walk. carry her to school everyday." – Chandrasekhar
Chandrasekhar doesn't know what to do now. If he takes his daughter off the treatment, then the disease will slowly but surely kill his daughter. If he keeps her on it, then the damage to her internal organs will keep getting worse, and then that will kill his daughter. The only real solution, the only way to actually save little Jasshree's life now is for her to get a Bone Marrow Transplant as soon as possible. But this family cannot afford the surgery.

You are their only hope. Donate now, and save this little girl's life.

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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.

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