'People don't believe she is ill because she is happy'Dhanika looks like a normal and healthy child, giggling every time her mother tickles her tummy, rolling over, and now, she even sits up on her own. It is probably why people fail to believe that she was born with a terrible disorder that weakens her immune system. Riddled with fever, cold and cough, Dhanika needs injections every day to keep her alive. Her mornings begin at the hospital where she thrashes around while being pricked head to toe, and her nights end with Jagadeesh and Ranjitha rocking her to sleep, hoping that the next day will be a better one for their little girl.
Dreams of a happy and healthy childhood for Dhanika, shattered
“We were so nervous and excited. I had even stitched her a few clothes. Jagadeesh called me every few hours from his office to see how I was doing,” says Ranjitha, reminiscing the days before Dhanika’s birth.The happiness of her birth, faded into fear when Dhanika started falling sick every 15 days and they began to live at the hospital more than home.
'Even a common cold can kill her now, so we have no time to waste'
“I am a farmer in Chitradurga. The last year was difficult without work on several days. With my savings and loans, I have spent Rs. 5 lakhs already on Dhanika’s treatment. Now, when I cannot even afford her medicines, I am worried about how I can pay for that transplant. It is the only thing that can save her.” - Jagadeesh
Baby Dhanika is extremely vulnerable to infections and her body can’t produce enough white blood cells due to her blood disease, severe congenital neutropenia. While she has been surviving on the injections ever since her condition was diagnosed two months ago, it can’t cure her of this disease. The only curative treatment is a bone marrow transplant for which she needs 34 lakhs – an amount beyond Jagadeesh’s means.
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