He has lost two sons — an eight-year-old and a 13-year-old — to chronic kidney diseases.
His last hope is his third son, who is 22 years old and is battling for life at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
A Kashmir-based farmer from an economically disadvantaged section, there isn't much that Abdul Salam can do to keep his hope afloat.
Salam hails from Kajigund village at Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the department of nephrology, PGIMER, Salam’s son Zakir Raza is in immediate need of a kidney transplant, which will roughly cost him Rs 3 lakh.
Raza, who was a college student, experienced kidney problems nearly two years ago. Initially, he received treatment from various hospitals in Kashmir.
He then received treatment at PGIMER for a year.
Dialysis treatment provided twice a week by PGIMER has helped him hold on to dear life for the past ten months.
But his father ….has to pay nearly 40,000 every month for the dialysis. He has sold the small patch of land that he owned to arrange for treatment for his sons.
As per an income certificate issued by a local tehsildar, Salam’s monthly income is Rs 1,500.
Salam says: “Once my fields would be lush green. But now, I can't call myself a farmer.” To save his only son's life, Salam is knocking the door of each resident in the city with an appeal written in chaste Hindi.
A desparate Salam has decided to donate his own kidney for his son’s treatment.
Readers interested in providing financial help to Abdul Salam can call him at 9646619975 or directly deposit money into his account (Account number 31509618260, State Bank of India, Kajigund branch, Anantnag).