Please help, pray for Rheamol ward off cancer

Rheamol (aka Sherin Sara Alexander), is a sprightly 13-year-old, fighting for her life. A member of the St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Jalahalli, Bangalore, this exceptional child is the daughter of Mr Alexander Panicker. When all other kids are out in school and playful, this kid is on chemotherapy and transplant at an young age. Currently, Rheamol is undergoing treatment for cancer – or relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital near Bangalore. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells which is characterised by excess lymphoblasts. Rheamol was diagnosed at the age of six and has been undergoing various treatments since then, including chemotherapy for the past 7 years at the hospital on the outskirts of Bangalore. Her only restorative treatment for survival is a Bone Marrow Transplant.

Dr Sharat Damodar, consultant haematologist and head of Bone Marrow Transplant unit at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital says the only curative treatment is a bone marrow transplant since Rheamol has no HLA matching sibling and is planned for cord blood transplant. The approximate cost of the bone marrow transplant is Rs 8 lakhs while the approximate cost of the bone marrow treatment itself is Rs 10.50 lakhs in the absence of any major complications. Read more…

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