17-year-old Sandhya has an illness that makes her too weak to live a normal life
Sandhya's parents took on extra jobs to support her treatment
Sandhya's father Nagurajappa, works in the admin department of a bank and earns Rs 5,000 per month. Because his income wasn't enough, he took on extra small jobs to make sure he could send his daughters to school. Sandhya's mother Bhagya, took on small tailoring jobs to earn some extra money.
Both worked very hard to give a good life to their twin daughters – Sandhya and Soumya. But the safe world they had put together for their children stopped 2 years back when Sandhya was diagnosed with a blood disorder they had never heard of before.
Sandhya with her parents at home
Sandhya had to give up studies because she was too sick to continueSandhya has an illness called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). It is a condition where her body destroys its own platelets. This makes the body unable to stop normal bleeding caused by daily wear and tear in the body. The condition makes a person too weak to live a normal life.
For Sandhya, this started when she was just 13. She developed a fever and started feeling dizzy whenever she stood up. Her concerned parents stopped her education and started looking for a way to get her condition treated. Until last month, they were not even aware that the condition could be improved by a small operation.
Sandhya with her mother Bhagya
Sandhya's parents finally see a way out of this life for their daughterSandhya needs a small operation that will stop the attack on her own blood cells. Even though they spend more than half their income on her medicines, Sandhya's parents cannot afford the cost of the entire surgery. Their only hope of helping their daughter is raising funds online.
“We try to make sure we have money to afford medicines every month. But sometimes we are unable to – those months, my daughter suffers a lot. If we can get her this operation, she will be better once and for all and will need fewer medicines,” explains Nagurajappa
Even buying regular medicines for Sandhya is a struggle for Nagurajappa. The operation is his one hope of getting Sandhya better
Because of the illness, Sandhya has to spend the best part of her student life – taking rest and watching her sister go to college. While her sister tries to bring her updates, it is not the same as actually attending class and learning new concepts.