“I sleep on the floor underneath Papai’s bed and my husband, Bablu, sleeps in the hospital compound even though the rains are so harsh. We have no one from our village to help us here – we don’t even speak Hindi. We’re just farmers. I don’t want to lose him. We’ve sold what little land we had too, and everything is gone.” – Putul, Papai’s mother
11-year-old Papai is running out of time to receive an urgent life-saving bone marrow transplant. Since March, when Papai was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, his condition has progressively worsened and now, after losing a lot of weight and immunity, his life hangs by a thread. His parents are poor farmers from Bengal who don’t speak any other language and are finding it extremely hard to receive help in Mumbai.
He couldn't recognize anyone
“Soon after we came to Mumbai, his gums started bleeding a lot, and black spots formed all over his body. His lips started swelling up too and he was extremely dehydrated. He’s so weak that he can’t even walk for a few minutes. His heart keeps racing too – these are not good signs for any mother to witness. I feel like he can leave us anytime and this thought tears me apart.” – Putul
Putul, Bablu and Papai’s horrors started in March when Papai fell sick and soon lost consciousness at his home in Bengal all of a sudden. He couldn’t recognize anyone for an entire day!
His father has been searching for blood all over the city
“Today, Papai is very weak and he needs an urgent blood transfusion. Bablu has been searching for blood all over the city but he still can’t seem to find. He’s going to find it very difficult to sleep tonight due to all the pain. After this, we don’t even have money for a single blood transfusion – that’s how helpless we are.” – Putul
Days like these are the most painful – not only for Papai but for anyone who watches him suffer too. Papai doesn’t eat much at all, his thin hands and legs are signs of deteriorating health and loss of weight. His stomach hurts and to make things worse, he also fights through severe nerve pain in his legs, the type of pain that could cripple anyone in a few minutes.
Papai’s parents earn less than 150/day collectively
“Bablu has borrowed Rs. 30,000 from other villagers. We’ve sold what little land we owned and also put our home on mortgage. All our meager savings are used and we’ve already spent over Rs. 2.5 lakhs, something we can never imagine to earn. Papai needs blood transfusions every 3 days and each transfusion costs around Rs. 11,000! How’re we going to afford this when we don’t even have money for medicines? My younger daughter is the donor and she has stopped going to school too. Our troubles never seem to end.” – Putul
Papai’s only hope of survival lies in receiving a bone marrow transplant within the next week. Any delay will only worsen Papai’s condition.
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.