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Help This 5-Year-Old Fight A Life-Threatening Disease That Has Stopped His Body From Producing Blood

5-year-old Rukmandar has been bravely fighting a serious blood disorder for over a year now. Although he’s in constant pain, he’s determined to overcome this deadly disease. Rukmandar’s body will start giving up without urgent treatment, and the only cure for him now is a bone marrow transplant. His older sister, Divya (11), is a suitable donor match. However, his parents are struggling to find a way to get him treated in time. 

Rukmandar doesn’t know a life beyond the hospital

Rukmandar has Fanconi’s Anemia, a rare disorder that affects the bone marrow which in turn decreases the production of blood cells. Two years ago, Rukmandar had a terrible fever. When Venkateshwarlu took him to the doctor, he was told that Rukmandar’s blood count was low and he needed a blood transfusion. Venkateshwarlu took his son back home, relieved that it wasn’t anything serious. However, in April 2017, Rukmandar fell sick again, and this time it was worse.

"We didn’t know he had anemia or how serious it can be. He got a high fever and was very weak, so we took him to the doctor again. We were worried about him but didn’t ever think that it would be something life-threatening. Everything changed for us when his blood test came back and we were told that our son would have to fight for his life.”

Rukmandar has bone marrow failure and his body has stopped producing the required amount of blood. This has put Rukmandar's life under grave danger. He falls sick very often, and each time it’s worse than the previous one. Rukmandar spends nearly 10 days in the hospital every time he falls sick. He doesn’t understand what’s happening to him and cries whenever he’s in the hospital, asking to go back home.

Rukamandar's father, mother and sister

Rukmandar's parents live in fear of losing him and need help to save him 

Venkateshwarlu has rented a small room near the hospital in Hyderabad. However, it's far from the warmth of their own house in Atmakur, Andhra Pradesh. Venkateshwarlu works in a small bangle shop in his town and earns just enough to meet his family’s basic needs. The amount required for Rukmandar’s treatment is out of his reach.

“My daughter is a donor match for Rukmandar. He can be saved, but I don’t know how I’m going to afford 15 lakhs for his treatment. My son hasn’t had the childhood I had hoped for him to have. He should be growing and learning new things. I’m afraid he will never get to experience all this only because I couldn’t pay for his treatment.”

Venkateshwarlu and Revati can’t imagine losing their son and are willing to do everything they can to save him. Divya wants to see her brother happy and cheerful again. The family is waiting to take him back home, but Rukmandar’s condition is deteriorating. Without a bone marrow transplant, he might not make it. Venkateshwarlu has already spent 1 lakh on his treatment with help from friends and family, but he needs 15 lakhs to save his son from succumbing to this fatal disease. A timely bone marrow transplant can save him.

How You Can Help

Rukmandar has a serious blood disorder that is making him weaker as the days go by. He can’t go on any longer without a bone marrow transplant. His sister, Divya, is a suitable donor match, but his father can’t afford his treatment. Vekateshwarlu works in a bangle shop, the earnings from which are not enough to pay for the transplant. Rukmandar needs your help to make it.

Your support will ensure Rukmandar gets the urgent treatment he needs.

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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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