Abhijith's Hemophilia Medicine Fund
Organized by: Sandip Kumar
ABHIJITH THAYYULLATHIL, a resident of Narikkuni, Kozhikode/Calicut District, Kerala, India was 15 years old when he had a fall from a staircase. He suffers from Hemophilia (for those of you who don't know about Hemophilia, it is a rare condition under which blood does not clot normally) At that time, he needed to undergo a surgery that cost his family Rs. 6,00,000 (almost $10,000).
Abhijith is now 18 years old, and hasn't been able to attend school because his wound from the fall hasn't healed for 3 years. He is now in immediate need of a surgery, which may involve an amputation above his left knee. The surgery requires a rare medicine known as FEIBA (FEIBA is an Anti-Inhibitor Coagulant Complex indicated for use in hemophilia A and B patients with inhibitors for: Control and prevention of bleeding episodes, among others) The Hemophilia Society - Calicut Chapter (email@example.com) will import the medicine for them from the US.
This surgery will cost his family another Rs. 25,00,000 (approx. $36,300). (FEIBA and hospitalization expenses) They have managed to raise Rs. 8,00,000 (approx. $13,000), with the help of friends & relatives and even some from the State Govt. of Kerala.
The family is in dire need. The total household (of four members) income is just about Rs. 10,000 (approx $150) a month. During the last surgery 3 years ago, he was hospitalized for 2 months, and he's told to have survived by sheer miracle. They managed to pay for the surgery by donations from neighbours and relatives. This time, they don't want to approach the same people again, since they already feel heavily indebted to them. They have already sold the only piece of land they owned, and have exhausted all available resources.
The surgery will be performed as soon as they are able to collect the funds. The more time it takes, the more complex his condition gets.
Here's a transcript of the letter from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India: (a scanned copy of this letter is uploaded)
To Whomsoever it may concern:
This is to certify that Mr. Abhijith, CMC Hospital No. 717414B is a known case of severe Hemophilia A with inhibitors (3.8.BU). He has had recurrent left femur fractures in the past. At present, he has come with open infected wound with puss collection in left thigh. He is diagnosed to have Osteomyelitis (MRSA Positive). He needs to undergo surgical debridement (with or without left knee amputation / left hip disarticulation) under adequate FEIBA and with appropriate antibiotics cover. The estimated requirement of inj. FEIBA is approximately 40,000 IU to 50,000 IU (approximate cost Rs. 20,00,000). The estimated cost for admission, investigation, surgery, drugs (other than inj. FEIBA) is approximately Rs. 2,50,000. The total cost of surgery including inj. FEIBA is Rs. 22,50,000. The estimated cost of surgery and the estimated requirements of inj. FEIBA may increase in case of unforeseen complication.
Dated, 20th June 2015.
Signed, Dr. NA Fouzia, DCH., DNB., DM
Asst. Professor Department of Haematology Christian Medical College IDA Scudder Road, Vellore - 632004, INDIA Tel: +91-416-2282352 / 3072352 / 4212352 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.cmch-vellore.edu
There is also a special bank account set up for Abhijith's cause. Donors in India might find it easier to send in your donations directly into this bank account. Here are the details:
Bank: State Bank of Travancore
Name in Account : ABHIJITH THYAYYULLATHIL CHIKILSA SAHAYA KAMMATTI
Account No. 67328365941
IFSC : SBTR0001096
Branch - NARIKKUNI
Details of Abhijith's family:
Anilkumar T. (Father)
Bindhu K. (Mother)
Abhiragh T. (Brother)
Phone Numbers: +91 99463 35084 / +91 94954 91927
Address: Thayullathil House, Narikkuni P.O., Narikkuni, Kozhikode District, Kerala, 673585