Ramesh lost his full-time job as a gardener because he needed to take his son Pankaj, to the hospital every second day. Despite their best efforts, Pankaj did not get better and after years of suffering has lost both his kidneys as well as his sight. His parents do odd jobs to care for him and keep the treatment going. But they simply don’t have the means to get him the kidney transplant he needs to survive.
“Pankaj has been sick for the last eight years. On good days, he used to be able to sit up or read his textbook. On bad days, he is in bed with fever unable to retain any food. Last Diwali, he lost his sight after a bad fever. Every week, he needs dialysis twice. He can’t walk or see and his body is swollen. Even then, he tries his best to help his mother at home and worries about what will happen to us.” – Ramesh, Pankaj’s father
Pankaj’s parents are putting up a very brave fight for his lifeVery healthy till he was seven, Pankaj and his parents’ lives changed when he first became ill. Doctor’s said he had kidney problems that would be cured through medicines, but the condition has worsened and he falls very sick every week. He needs an urgent kidney transplant. Pankaj’s parents work day and night while caring tenderly for a very sick, bedridden child.
“Sometimes, people come home asking us to repay what we borrowed for the treatment. Pankaj hears the insults and knows what is happening. He cries and asks us to stop his treatment. But we tell him that we’ll make sure he gets better and then we’ll all earn the money and return it. He feels better when we say that.” – Ramesh, Pankaj’s father
Please don’t think of him as a poor person’s child, please think of him as your son and save himAt just 15, Pankaj needs frequent medicines, injections and dialysis sessions to live. His parents have not been able to get treatment for his eyesight because of his kidney failure. Every week, they need to spend Rs 3,200 to keep him alive. While they manage to bear these expenses by taking on extra jobs, they don’t have the resources to get him a transplant that will save his life.
“I keep taking him to the hospital. I keep giving him medicines, but he is not getting better. I don’t know what more needs to be done. All I want is for my son to get better and live. I will give my own kidney for his needs. Please don’t think of him as a poor person’s child, please think of him as your son and save him.” – Phulmata, Pankaj’s mother
Please help Pankaj get a kidney transplant and save his child’s life.