“I have done everything I can to try and save my son. I even sold my house, but it doesn't seem to be enough. Now we don’t even have a home to go back to. I just want my son to be healthy again, but I’m helpless.”
Irfan loved spending his evenings playing cricket with his friends back home in Kashmir. But it’s been five months since Irfan was home. Now, Irfan (14) lays on a hospital bed in Delhi, dreaming of the day he can go back to his friends and family. He was diagnosed with a severe blood disorder in August and has been undergoing treatment ever since. Irfan needs an immediate bone-marrow transplant to survive and his parents are desperately trying to save him.
Irfan showed no symptoms of illnessIrfan was an active young boy before his life-changing diagnosis. At school, he studied well, was hard-working and well praised by teachers. His parents ensured he had a healthy and content childhood. They never imagined that their youngest child would be the one fighting the biggest battle of his life. Irfan’s father, Abdur, recalls the day of the diagnosis as one of the most difficult and distressing days of his life.
“Irfan had suddenly stopped eating altogether. He just wouldn’t feel hungry, and we didn’t know what was troubling him because he didn’t have a fever or cold. When this continued for a few days, we took him to the hospital. We took him all the way to Delhi for further tests and found out that he had a blood disorder. We had never even heard of it before, and were shocked that his life could be taken away any minute by this disease.”
Irfan with his father
Irfan has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a condition in which immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature to become healthy blood cells. He’s undergoing treatment for the same but needs an urgent bone marrow transplant to survive. Abdul is a farmer and is struggling to find a way to pay for his treatment.
His father sold everything they had in a desperate attempt to save himIrfan is waiting to go back to the comfort of his home, away from the needles and medicines. Unfortunately, he has no home to go back to any more. Abdur was forced to sell his land and house to pay for Irfan’s treatment. He has spent nearly 8 lakhs so far, and despite selling everything he had, he still can’t afford to pay the 30 lakhs needed for the bone marrow transplant.
Irfan has two older sisters who are studying. Abdur is struggling to pay for their education and Irfan’s piling medical bills. He had hoped for a happy future for all his children, but now that dream seems to be a distant reality.
Irfan can get better with the transplantWhile none of the family members was a donor match for the transplant, the doctors have now found one for Irfan from Germany. However, the process cannot be delayed. Irfan will have to undergo the transplant at the earliest to survive.
Abdur is at a dead end now and lives in constant fear of losing his son. He has no other means to arrange for funds and needs all the support he can get.
How You Can HelpIrfan needs an immediate bone marrow transplant to beat the serious blood disorder he’s suffering with. Irfan is in a lot of pain and his only respite is the transplant. His father, Abdur, has already sold everything he has to try and pay for his treatment but is still falling short. Irfan has a chance to get better if he can afford the treatment.
Your support will ensure that Irfan gets the treatment he needs and go home again.
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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