Ganesan, an electrician originally from Arupukottai Taluk, in Virudhunagar district, from TamilNadu, lived in a modest 1 bedroom apartment in the southern part of Mumbai with his wife and 2 daughters. Ganesan had been running a small yet marginally profitable electricals and electronics shop, that managed to pay the rent, daughters' school fees, groceries and even have some savings in the end.
All was well for Ganesan and his family. Mumbai had been kind to them. But life had other plans for themAll was well for Ganesan and his family. Mumbai had been kind to them, and the devoted father was not going to let any hurdle get in the way of his daughters' education. A standard 10 graduate, Ganesan could never schooling and college for himself. He dropped out of school, and started apprenticing under an electrician, and soon learnt the trade himself. By the time he was 24, doing odd jobs at houses, he managed to save up enough money to move to Mumbai for his family and set up shop.
Ramya was diagnosed 8 years ago with Thalassemia MajorHowever, 8 years ago, Ramya, his second daughter fell extremely ill. Her appetite deteriorated. She stopped eating completely and looked pale. Upon initial check-ups, she was ultimately diagnosed with Thalassemia Major. Ganesan was hell bent on getting his daughter treated successfully, and so decided to take her to the General Hospital back in Virudhunagar.
The travel from Mumbai to Virudhunagar,involved taking 2 trains - from Mumbai to Chennai, and from Chennai to Virudhunagar, took a toll on his daughter's health. Ganesan decided to return to his hometown, and moved back to Aruppukottai with his family in 2009.
The treatment for Ramya was Bone Marrow Transplantation. This required a donor, and since there was no match from the family, an unknown donor match was required for the treatment to start.
"The senior doctor told me to take Ramya to the US to find an unrelated donor match. I am the only bread winner in the family, I do not have that kind of money. I took out all my savings, we took all our money, and told the doctor, that this was not a viable option," said Ganesan.
After a long wait of 8 years, a match was found to go ahead with Ramya's treatment, a great moment for Ganesan and his familyGanesan was then referred to Meenakshi Mission Hospital to Dr. Kasi Viswanathan, who proved to be a saviour for the desperate family. 8 months ago, an unrelated donor match was found for Ramya.
Ramya needs a bone marrow transplant that costs Rs.20,00,000.
We are this close to a successful treatment. It kills me that I cannot provide for my daughter completely. We will need all the help possible. - Ganesan, Ramya's father.
Ramya, a top ranker in her class, has been preparing for the NCCRamya, a top ranker in her class, has been preparing for the National Cadet Corps. She unfortunately had to miss her NCC exam due to the multiple tests that she has been undergoing.
"My daughter is a fighter and winner. As soon as the BMT is over, she will write her NCC exam and will strive to become a cadet. I have full faith," said Ganesan.
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