After a long and expensive chase after the diagnosis, the family discovered he had a congenital blood disorder. Unable to afford the cure, his father, Abubakar Siddiq has been struggling to save every rupee possible. Now Talha's condition is critical and needs this surgery immediately to stay alive.
It was the first time he saw blood, and it just did not stopSyeda and Abubakar have 4 children - 2 boys and 2 girls. When Talha came down with a fever, they did not think it was serious until he began to bleed from his nose. The elders in the house and in the village said it was from heat until his condition became serious.
"The bleeding did not stop. We had taken him to local doctors before. It did not help. This time, we rushed him to the hospital, they sent us to Sagar Apollo in Bangalore. We were there for 10 days until they found out that he has a disorder where his body stops making platelets."
Talha was born with this disease that does not let his blood clotCongenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia is where the bone marrow cell responsible for making platelets is low in number, causing the body to stop making red and white blood cells over time. Talha has started bleeding, and this is life-threatening as his body is losing its ability to clot.
"I cannot let him play with his brothers and sisters. I did not send him to school either. Yes, he fights with me. Asks me why he cannot do normal things. But even if he falls and gets a bruise, it can threaten his life."
Roaming on the streets to find a way to save his son's lifeAbubakar moved his son to NH as soon as they received the diagnosis. The cure has always been bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, with Rs. 300/day income he could not afford it. For 2 years, he has been working hard as well as trying for PM/CM funds to save his son.
"I am not well read. I did not know it would take so long for them to revert. In fact, we got CM funds of Rs. 2 Lakhs in the middle and still needed Rs. 13 Lakhs. Now, we can't use it because there is a validity on that grant. I went to the office. Even today they are saying the same thing. Come today, tomorrow or day after."
At 5 years, a child should be playing with mud, water, toys - not bloodTalha is bleeding from his nose and mouth. He cries to his father in pain and wants it to stop. The sight of so much blood scares him. His tiny legs hurt. He is unable to eat because the taste of blood makes him nauseous.
"He runs and says Appa it is bleeding, Appa blood Appa every day. He gets so tired that he keeps sleeping. This is not the life for a 5-year-old. I need to save him. I need your help!"
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Abubakar is trying his best to arrange for funds but without any luck. The estimated cost for this transplant is Rs. 15 Lakhs. Without this treatment, Talha has just months left on the clock.
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