Guwahati baby diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia returns home after treatment

Guwahati, 04 August 2018: Till she completed her first birthday, Guwahati-based Aaditri Baishya was a healthy and happy baby. It all started 4 months after her she completed her first birthday. In February, Aaditri’s under eye bags started swelling up and she started developing black spots on her head and throughout her back. This was when she was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

As their hospital in Guwahati was not equipped to treat such a severe disease in such a young child, she was urgently referred to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), which has expertise in treating young children with similar cancers. The family traveled to Mumbai with the child in a very critical condition, suffering from pain, severe anaemia and weakness due to blood cancer. She needed urgent treatment to get the disease under control and to continue the treatment for the next 3 years. Her father, Nayan Mani, who is an Uber driver back in Assam, had absolutely no idea how to save his daughter.

Treatment for the 16 month child was started immediately to save her life and though the child had major infections and problems.  Today, after 4 months of intensive chemotherapy in the hospital, the disease is well under control and the family is planning to move back to Guwahati with their beaming playful daughter. The doctor at KDAH also helped in raising money for the treatment through a crowd funding platform.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer. It occurs when a bone marrow cell develops abnormally and starts to multiply rapidly. It’s a type of cancer of the blood that affects white blood cells. Symptoms may include enlarged lymph nodes, bruising, fever, bone pain, bleeding from the gums and frequent infections. Treatments may include chemotherapy or targeted drugs that specifically kill cancer cells.

The girl’s father, Nayan Mani, says, “It was devastating to see our child to suffering from a rare disease at such a young age. It brought tears to my eyes, thinking not only about the cure but also finances for the procedure. Today our little baby’s childhood has been returned to her.”

Dr. Santanu Sen, Consultant in Paediatric Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, said, “The doctors at KDAH are specialists in their respective fields and a healthy patient is the core objective of every treatment. With a few cases, doctors have to take a step beyond their profession. In this case, not only the child’s condition but also the finances for treatment were a concern. We also suggested a crowd funding platform so Aaditri is sent home happy and healthy.”

Kokilaben Hospital is one of the few tertiary care hospitals which is completely geared up to handle such complicated cases and a fundraising campaign was rapidly organised to help the child. The kindness of numerous unknown strangers on a crowd funding platform and the expertise of the doctors at KDAH had brought back the smiles to the faces of a family again!

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