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Dalit boy needs help for his survival

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A 10-year-old Dalit boy’s survival, who has been suffering from thalassemia major, depends on Good Samaritans.P. Krithik Raja, son of R. Perumal, a resident of Railway Colony, Vellalapatti of Omalur taluk, needs at least Rs. 12 lakh to undergo allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant. Mr. Perumal said that his son has been undergoing monthly blood transfusions since the age of one and he could not spend further for his treatment with his meagre earnings as a labourer.

“It came as a shock to our family, when we learnt that his survival can be ensured only if he undergo the transplant,” he said. The bone marrow transplantations is the best possible remedy for the disease according to the Department of Haematology, Christian Medical College, Vellore.

By his constant efforts, Mr. Perumal has been able to collect up to Rs. 9 lakh so far. Contributors included Dr. Kalaignar Karunanidhi Trust, Prime Ministers Fund, Ratan Tata, Satyam Computers, Chennai, Chennai Silks.

On Friday, T.M. Selvaganapathy, MP, handed over a cheque of Rs. 50,000. The surgery is fixed for January 18. Those willing to contribute can send money as demand drafts or cheques drawn in favour of ‘The Treasurer, Christian Medical College, Vellore’, indicating the patient’s name and his hospital identification number (158241F). For more details, contact Mr. Perumal at 94439-77854.

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