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Kids Who Need Bone Marrow Transplants

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THE STORY:

I am raising funds to help build a residence for outpatient bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients in one of the poorest regions in South India. The Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India is the #1 ranked private hospital in India (they do not proselytize and they serve everyone!), and a major center for BMT. About half of all of BMT patients are children, because of the heavy incidence of the genetic blood disorders Hemophilia (inability to form clots to stop bleeding) and Thalissemia (limits the body's ability to make adequate hemoglobin). The only cure for Hemophilia and Thalassemia is a bone marrow transplant. CMC in Vellore works with hundreds of poor BMT patients a year, subsidizing the cost of their care. Unfortunately, after the transplant, patients must stay near the hospital for 3-6 months for weekly doctor visits. About 12 BMT patients are admitted to the hospital each month. Families borrow and use every penny they have to keep their children in good care, but even their best efforts leave them vulnerable to infection -- the most common and often avoidable cause of death in these patients. We have architectural plans and land for a safe, clean family-focused residence near the hospital so that the poorest patients can have housing while they recover. Those that can will pay a small fee for this care. The total budget is $1 million US or 4 crore rupees.

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Ann and George Kane

Ann and George Kane

We're so happy to donate to this worthy cause! 4 years ago