Good Samaritans restore smile on girl's face

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Staff Reporter

Mention about her condition at a fellowship service spurs action

Eight-year-old Sravani suffers from acute leukaemiaA group of people join hands to ensure that Sravani survives Those interested in helping her can contact 98498-35000

HYDERABAD: The smile is back on Sravani's face. But two months ago, life was extremely painful. Expectedly for a patient suffering from acute leukaemia.

When this eight-year-old began vomiting blood and suffered from frequent fevers, her parents, Ch. Ramachandrayya, a labourer, and mother Padmamma from Mahabubnagar district ran from one hospital in the city to another only to be told that their youngest daughter has just two days left for survival.

Losing all hope and Rs. 25,000 borrowed from relatives for her treatment, Sravani's parents knocked the doors of a pastor in Amlapur.

First link

In the fellowship service that evening, the pastor mentioned Sravani's condition.

It was here that the first link in the chain of safety that fought tooth and nail and worked like a team to save this child was found. This was Raghu Varma, a B.Tech student who goes to remote areas for social service. His brother Uday Bhaskar Raju works for CARE Foundation in the city. Raju along with his friend Alpesh Patel brought Sravani to Care Hospital a fortnight ago. She was advised chemotherapy, transfusion of platelets and blood. Under the careful watch of an oncologist, Dr. Suresh, her platelet count rose from 600 to 68,000 while the normal count should be between 1.4 lakh and 4 lakh. A group of people cutting across professions joined hands to ensure that Sravani survives. While Dr. Suresh offered free treatment and arranged medicines free of cost, Uday arranged blood at half the cost (Rs. 25,000 instead of Rs. 50,000).

Team effort

Uday, Raghu and Alpesh pooled in money to buy life-saving medicines and the hospital authorities gave an AC room on general room charges to ward off any anti-fungal treatment. And another Rs. 40,000 is expected from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Doctors now give her a 70 per cent recovery chance and she is likely to be discharged on Thursday.

But she will need some more help for continuing her chemotherapy and supportive treatment for the next six months. Good Samaritans who would like to help can get in touch with Uday on 98498-35000.



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