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“Help us bring Aadya home” – Parents appeal for funds for child’s transplant

As young Aadya battles against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, her distraught family appeals to the generosity of strangers to cover the staggering cost of treatment.

brand stories Updated: Dec 06, 2017 16:54 IST
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Three-year-old Aadya undergoing treatment(Sruthi Suresh Nair)

Every evening as Aadya watches the neighbourhood children play, my heart breaks. My daughter, too, was once an energetic presence rushing about. I know that she longs to join them.

It all started after Aadya’s second birthday, when she contracted high fever and broke out into rashes. The local doctor called it a skin allergy and prescribed medicines. The fever persisted, and we sought another medical opinion. The diagnosis was devastating: B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a cancer that affects the immune system.

Our only hope now lies in the contributions of caring strangers through Ketto.org.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia breaks down the body’s ability to fight diseases. The cancer starts in the bone marrow, where new blood cells grow. These cells grow very fast and the bone marrow’s capacity to make normal cells is reduced. The doctor told us that Aadya needed treatment immediately, or else the cancer would spread. From March to December 2016, she was under the care of Dr. Shweta Bansal at Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai. Ten months is a long time indeed for a parent to watch their only child suffer through endless blood tests and chemotherapy treatments.

After ten months, the treatment ended and we were hopeful that Aadya would begin to recover. Then, just four months later in April 2017, she suffered a relapse. Since then, Aadya has been visiting the hospital for chemotherapy and tests, every 15-30 days.

Today, Aadya is three years old and it hurts us to see her childhood being taken away. She barely eats, feels tired and weak all the time, and gets bruised easily. Even the slightest exposure to infection can be dangerous, so we mostly keep her at home. She has missed many days of school and only plays indoors. Any exposure to dust is dangerous so we have to make sure that her clothes, food, and toys are kept dust-free at all times.

Aadya’s only hope is a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), which costs a staggering Rs 25 lakhs. We have started a fund-raising page with Ketto.org, counting on people’s sense of humanity to help us with this lifesaving surgery.

So far, we have spent Rs 15 lakh on Aadya’s chemotherapy treatments, medications, and hospital visits. I am a housewife and my husband earns Rs 25,000 working as a back office employee. We are completely dependent on his salary, and have raised money for the treatment by taking loans, borrowing from family members and friends, and through insurance. Whatever we have managed to raise until now has been used up in the treatment.

A Bone Marrow Transplant surgery will replace Aadya’s damaged bone marrow with healthy stem cells, enabling her to lead a normal, healthy life. Her father is a matching and willing donor but we need to put together Rs 25 lakh in the next one month. We have no means of raising that kind of money.

For over a year now, Aadya has been fighting a tough, long battle. Now, there is hope that this operation will finally end her nightmare and lead us to that final miracle—when we can take our baby home.

We have started a fund-raising page with Ketto.org in Aadya’s name, in the hope that people will come forward and help us raise the funds for this surgery.

Please help us pay for her BMT by logging on to Ketto.org. Help us bring Aadya home.

- As told by Sruthi Suresh Nair, Aadya’s mother

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First Published: Aug 16, 2017 15:35 IST