Sivaranjani,12 years old, has been diagnosed with Fanconi Anaemia, a disease passed down through families (inherited) that mainly affects the bone marrow. It results in decreased production of all types of blood cells.Fanconi anemia is different from Fanconi syndrome, a rare kidney disorder.
“3 months ago, Sivaranjini fell terribly ill, and had a high fever that did not reduce no matter how much we tried. We were extremely worried. We then took her to the local government hospital. Here is where they said that her platelet count was 1800, which was very less. Usually it is supposed to be over 1 lakh,” said the 33-year-old mother of two, who also supports her older son studying in the 11th standard in Ambattur in Chennai. The constraint for money did not stop her and her husband’s ambitions of giving their children the best of the facilities.
Jayabalan works as a security guard in a cargo port
The disease hasn’t stopped Sivaranjani from attending school as regularly as possible let alone be a class topper
The disease hasn’t stopped Sivaranjani from attending school as regularly as possible. A class topper, the 12-year-old attends a government school that is 5 kms away from their house. Jayabalan would often takes Sivaranjani by bike. On days when he had to work double/triple shifts, Priya would find a way, by hitching a ride with anybody who was kind enough to take them to school.
"Nothing stopped her from going to school. Not the disease, lack of transport. Nothing," said Priya.
A Bone Marrow Transplant is the way to go to cure Sivaranjani of this condition, that causes excessive bleeding, dark spots on skin and low platelet count.
"My daughter is amazing. She is positive, an outstanding student, and doesn't let these shortcomings get in the middle of her studies. Even now, during treatment, she finds ways to catch up with her classes. I am positive that she will get the help she needs," said the proud mother.
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