They thought it was infantile jaundiceYaqoob and his wife Zaitoon could tell that all wasn’t right with their son just one month after his birth. They had noticed that their newborn’s skin and eyes were turning yellow, and had rushed him to the hospital. When the doctors told them it was just infantile jaundice, a fairly common condition, they had been relieved. But they were greatly mistaken, as they would find out soon.
The truth came out two months later
"He had just turned 3-months-old and his condition was getting worse by the day. This time when we took him to the hospital, even the doctor was startled. Our baby’s eyes and skin were bright yellow..."– Yaqoob
The hospital immediately ran some tests, and it was when the results came out that they discovered how bad little Maqbool’s condition was. He was diagnosed with Crigler-Najjar, a disease that affects only 0.000001% of babies in the entire world.
One of the rarest diseases in the worldCrigler-Najjar is a disease that causes a build-up of a highly toxic substance called bilirubin in the bloodstream. Usually, the liver converts this substance into a stable form that the body can handle. But babies with this disease have malfunctioning livers that don’t do this job, resulting in severe jaundice. Little Maqbool has the more severe form of this disease, called CN-1, where the build-up of bilirubin also reaches the brain. This has resulted in his growth being stunted, both mentally and physically, and his life is now in great danger.
Liver transplant is the only solution, but…
“I used to be a farmer. I sold all my land but the money wasn't enough for such a surgery. Ever since, for the past year and a half, I've been working as a security guard and trying to come up with the rest of the money by asking for loans. But I need 18 lakhs! And now the doctor is saying my son is running out of time, that he may only have a month left. The thought kills me, but I’ve been starting to wonder if I’ll ever hear my son call me Papa, before... before he…”– Yaqoob, unable to continue
Despite their best efforts, this family has been unable to raise enough money for little Maqbool’s surgery. With time running out, you are the only hope they have now.
Kindly donate as much as you can, and help save this little baby’s life.