ZHOB: Three children of the same family suffering from Thalassaemia disease require urgent bone-marrow transplant, but their low income father is unable to afford the expenses of treatment.
Father of three children, Ramazan from Killi Trei Sherani has appealed to the provincial government, philanthropists and well-off people to save the lives of his kids and help him for their bone-marrow transplant surgery at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) as he is pinning hope to the treatment.
Ramazan runs a shop in village to earn livelihood for his family, says, his all three children including 6-year-old Kamran, 5-year-old Farida and 3-year-old Luqman are suffering from the fatal disease, while his two children lost the battle of life. The poor man says, he can not imagine losing another child to the disease.
Ramazan has been struggling for the last few years to treat his children taking them to Quetta, Dera Ismail Khan, Islamabad and Peshawar hospitals for treatment as his entire family has been suffering the pangs of their life-long agony. “I have spent all of my available wealth on the treatment of my children and even sold my own house. I am now residing at my neighbor’s house and unable to continue the treatment any longer due to financial constraints.” He recalls the difficulties he faced.
“My two sons – eight-year-old Imran and three-year-old Irfan have died of Thalassaemia. My each child diagnosed with the disease at the age of six months”. He explains. The doctors say, it is Thalassaemia Major and the only treatment is bone-marrow transplant which can be done at PIMS Islamabad. The treatment costs three to four million rupees, but Ramazan is unable to meet the expenditures needed for the treatment of his ailing kids.
According to experts, Thalassaemia is an inherited blood disorder that is characterized by abnormal formation of hemoglobin. A major cause of the disease is inter-family marriages. Unfortunately, the practice is quite common here because of illiteracy and backwardness.