Leukemia & Thalassemia Treatment Overview

Leukemia Overview:  Leukemia is a malignant progressive disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal blood cells.  These cells suppress the production of normal blood cells leading to anemia and other side-effects, including fever, chills, weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, loss of weight, swollen or bleeding gums, headaches, enlarged liver and spleen, and an increased risk of infection.  Leukemia also weakens the blood-clotting process causing patients to bruise easily and bleed excessively.  

In order for children with this disease to maintain a quasi-normal life, they must receive frequent blood transfusions.  Each transfusion costs 1000 rupees (equivalent to $25 US dollars).  Many families in India cannot afford this added expense, especially when they barely have enough to provide for their families.  We provide free blood transfusions and medical care to underprivileged children with this disease whose parents cannot afford to pay for treatment.  

Thalassemia Overview:  Thalassemia, a genetically transmitted disorder of the blood that causes anemia, is common in this part of the world.  Most children with thalassemia need a transfusion of red blood cells once or twice a month.  Each transfusion costs 1000 rupees (equivalent to $25 US dollars).  We provide these transfusions free of charge to children whose families cannot afford their medical treatment.  

How to Apply:  Parents who cannot afford leukemia or thalassemia treatment for their children are to bring the child to the outpatient department.  A doctor will thoroughly examine the child and perform diagnostic tests.  Once the child has been evaluated and identified as needing transfusions, he or she can be admitted for a one-day treatment at no charge.