This Mumbai Panipuriwala Who Has Adopted 5 Children, Struggles To Save His Son From A Deadly Disease | Milaap
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This Mumbai Panipuriwala Who Has Adopted 5 Children, Struggles To Save His Son From A Deadly Disease

This morning he said, “Papa, you have so many other children to take care of, why do you have to struggle like this and come to the streets because of me?”

My name is Ramashish Jaishwar. I sell Panipuris in Mumbai. My wife, Meera, and I gave birth to 5 children. When I lost my sister in ’96, we adopted her child. My brother is a farmer in the village, and he cares for my parents on a meager income. While I send him money every month, I also care for his 4 children, one of whom is Gaurav (21). Gaurav is as good as my son. He calls me Papa. Today he is fighting to survive, and I will never forgive myself if I lose him. 

He was bleeding through his skin and they did not know why

It began early in August. Gaurav had red rashes all over his body. It was as if he was bleeding through his skin. The dermatologist took a biopsy and asked us to return after 10 days. In just 2 days, he began bleeding from the gums. The dentist suggested cleaning, and that just made it worse. All night he was bleeding, and we had to rush him to the clinic.

“My son was getting examined when the doctor told him that he had to get admitted or he would go into a coma. His platelet count was down, and he had a hole where the wisdom tooth was supposed to be. Gaurav was so scared, he asked me if this was it, if this was how he was going to die.

Every test result said negative, but his father insisted they delve deep

Later that night, I took him to the ER. They admitted him and ran all tests. We got negative results. After a blood transfusion, he seemed fine. Several tests later, we found the reason for his illness – severe aplastic anemia. His body was not making blood or cells that would clot.

“The hematologist gave me 3 options – medicine, injection, surgery. With medicine and injection, although the cost was less, my son had a lesser chance of survival. Surgery guarantees 90% survival rate, and in his condition, I don’t think we could wait for long.”

Gaurav is battling to stay alive, and there is no more time to waste

As if fate were playing with is, Gaurav’s condition deteriorated. On 26th September) the doctor told us, that he has just 4 hours to live. My son fought through, and the next morning he was stable in the ICU. He can have the surgery, but I must first arrange for the money.

“He could barely open his eyes that night, he even said goodbye. I said hold on for us, you’ll have the surgery. He said, ‘Pappa, you sell Panipuri. I don’t want you to take the burden of arranging Rs 45 lakhs. It’s alright.’ I just want to save him no matter what.”

How Can You Help

I know people think Panipuriwalas are poor. I am happy and I feel rich. I have 10 children and a loving wife. We live comfortably on my income. Even when my children fell sick, I have taken care of them. 
This is the first time I have felt a pinch, the first time I feel like I am failing. We need Rs. 45 lakhs, and I am doing all I can to pool that money. People who know our family, children and adults alike are pitching in, but we could only come up with Rs. 3 Lakhs, and that has gone towards the bills.

My son will lose his life without this surgery. Please help me save him. Someday, I will be there for you in your time of need.

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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.