Sarthak was a very active and spontaneous child. One moment he would shower me with hugs and kisses and in the very next he would break into a dance, completely unaware of my presence.
-Sangita, patient’s mother
Sarthak’s parents Umesh and Sangita, were treated to the most infectious display of sibling affection every evening at their humble abode in Shahpura village near Jabalpur. Sarthak and Salvi played together and wouldn't stop until dinner was served.
“Unlike other siblings, they never fought and had great love and affection towards each other.”
Sarthak was a rockstar in the making. The 4-year-old would dance, sing and mimic with adorable cuteness. His skills were on full display whenever a ‘Tiger Shroff’ movie was playing as he was a big fan of the actor. But to our misfortune, this was too good to last.
For, on the 12th of April this year, upon hearing Sarthak screaming in pain, Sangita ran towards him, only to discover that he was suffering immense pain in his legs and was not able to even walk a few steps. The alarmed parents carried him to a local hospital, where the doctors suspected it to be a heatstroke. However, they advised the parents to get a blood test done to help them give a more accurate prognosis. By evening that day, Sarthak’s lower body began to go limp. The next day, after examining the reports, the doctors concluded that Sarthak suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder where the body’s own immune system starts attacking and damaging the nerves.
“Everything that happened on that dreadful day was so fast and unexpected, that we were caught totally unprepared. I wanted to believe that it was just a prank that Sarthak was playing on me. But sadly it wasn't. As a mother, I could never bring myself to see my baby like that. But one thing I knew was, this is when he would need me the most” sobbed his mother, Sangita.
Sarthak is currently being treated at Nelson Hospital, Nagpur where he is in PICU Ward. After undergoing a throat surgery, he is now not even able to speak or chew his food and has become extremely weak. However, upon seeing his fighting spirit, doctors are confident of his recovery, provided he gets sustained medical care for a prolonged period. Doctors have given the family an estimate of Rs 18 lakhs for the same.
Umesh used to work at a garment shop and Sangita worked as a teacher. But, after Sarthak’s diagnosis, and due to his ongoing treatment in Nagpur, they had to forsake their jobs in their hometown to be with him. The family’s meager savings have already been exhausted on doctor’s fees for the diagnosis and initial treatment.
How you can help?
After being diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome, a rare auto-immune disorder, 4-year-old Sarthak needs sustained medical care to recover from the rare disease. The family has depleted all their savings and have no means left to fund Sarthak’s treatment. We need your urgent financial support to save our only son.
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