250 people help raise ₹15 lakh for 3-year-old’s cancer treatment in Mumbai

Mumbai city news: The 250 people from 20 countries donated via crowd funding for three-year-old Aadya’s bone marrow transplant surgery.

mumbai Updated: Jul 10, 2017 00:29 IST
Sadaguru Pandit
Sadaguru Pandit
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,cancer treatment,cancer

In a crowd funding project to save a three-year-old child from the city who is fighting blood cancer, over 250 people from 20 countries have raised Rs15 lakh in the last 45 days.

Aadya needs to undergo a life-saving bone marrow transplant in a month that will cost Rs25 lakh. Her father, Suresh Nair, overwhelmed by the help, is now trying to raise the rest of the money.

Suresh said that Aadya’s diagnosis came as a shock for the family last year as the family had no history of cancers. “Last year in March, the doctors told us that she has acute lymphoblastic leukemia (a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell)). She was put on chemotherapy which went on till December 2016,” said Suresh, who works in a private firm and lives in Kalyan.

The treatment cost the family about Rs15lakh and money was pooled in spending every penny of savings, chief minister’s relief fund, Suresh’s employers, colleagues, family members and friends. “We had loans on our heads and I am the sole earning member of the family but we were happy that our daughter is cured,” Suresh added.

However, in May this year, Aadya had a relapse and the doctors suggested that a bone marrow transplant is the only option to save her life. “Unfortunately, the child relapsed and her treatment consists of chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplant. She is a young and active child and so far tolerated the treatment well but her only chance of survival is the transplant,” said doctors from H N Reliance Hospital where Aadya is being treated.

When there was no possible way to raise funds, Suresh opted to start a crowd funding campaign in June with website Impact Guru, hoping that some part of the amount can be raised through the platform. Within 45 days, more than 256 donors raised Rs15,44,254, almost 60% of the cost of the surgery.

“It came as a pleasant surprise for even us. We have had many families who approach us to raise funds for the treatment of their kin, but when we saw Aadya’s pictures and heard about the case, we really hoped the child can undergo the surgery,” said Piyush Jain CEO & Co-founder Impact Guru.

Suresh said while he is thankful to people from Australia, UK, USA, Brazil and other middle eastern countries who have donated for the treatment. “I don’t know these people and haven’t met them ever, but I won’t ever forget their efforts to help me save my daughter’s life,” Suresh said.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 00:29 IST