"We packed our bags and came as quick as possible to Delhi. I sold the little piece of land I had and arranged as much money as I can for Rushda’s treatment but little did I know that my child will get so sick. All the money I brought is over and I'm so scared that I won't be able to save my child .”- Altaf, fatherRushda was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and was suggested to undergo blood transfusion and a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible or else she won’t survive.
"Why are we here, I want to go back home - my daughter keeps saying this to me. But how to explain to her that her life is in danger and we can’t go back home for another year.”- Tabasum,mother
Her smile was enough to make my day and now...
"She kept saying that it’s enough and that she doesn’t want any more injections, she kept crying that it pains. But what could we do, the transfusion was necessary to keep her alive. Platelets 4 times a week and blood once a week, her smile...her smile slowly faded away. " Tabasum
Their expenses in Delhi got out of hand and there was no one to help. Due to the disturbances going on in Kashmir, they couldn’t connect to their family back there.
“All the situations were against me, all our communications were cut off, we couldn’t reach out to our family. It was such a difficult phase . I started saving by skipping meals, I begged and borrowed but nothing seemed to be enough. I somehow managed the transplant but I can’t any further.”- Altaf
They can’t go back to Kashmir for the next 12 monthsAll of them thought that Rushda's transplant was successful but what the doctors said next, snatched their moment of happiness.
“Just when I thought, everything will be fine and that we can take her back home, doctors said Rushda needs to be here for the next 12 months. She needs immuno-suppressants which will cost Rs 15 lakhs. 15 lakhs! How will I arrange for so much again. I have sold the only source of income and can’t even afford a proper meal for my family anymore. I feel so helpless, it is killing me.”- Altaf
Immuno-suppressants are medicines that lower the body's ability to reject a transplanted organ. Rushda is still very critical and needs to be under constant observation. Without these medications, her bone marrow transplant will be futile and she won't be able to survive.
"I just want to take her back home safe, I want things to go back to the way they were. I don't want to lose Rushda." - Tabasum
Your help can save Rushda and give her the gift of life. Your kind contribution can help her lead a normal life. Without your help she won't be able to make it.