Every patient has a unique story to share. That’s why we reached out to a Thalassemia patient to hear their story in person. This is about Atul Sharma, a twelve year thalassemia patient from a small village near Alwar (Rajasthan).
“I don’t remember when I was diagnosed with thalassemia major, but my parents told me I was around one-year-old,” said Atul Saini. “I’ve been under treatment for as long as I can remember. Every three weeks, I receive a blood transfusion to maintain my level of healthy red blood cells. At the times of my routine transfusion, when I meet the other children like me, it makes me feel stronger to fight with my disease. And the sweet smile and caring nature of Pooja Didi makes me forget of all the pain and doubts. Every time I get gifts and good food also.”
Father RamSharan Saini feels heartily grateful to Vanshika Arts Education and Welfare Society because for being a small farmer his financial situation is not good enough for managing all the medical and nutritional expenses for his son. The society is facilitating the regular blood transfusion, yearly tests and the nutritional supplies as well. “I have seen the god in the form of these people.” With tears in his eyes Ram Sharan says. “For a poor who is only capable enough to arrange the food for his family, it would be impossible to save the life of his only child if these angles would not come from heaven. Pooja ji is a compassionate lady and treats Atul all children like him as her own children. Now I see my son laughing and growing.”
Today Atul is studying in class 6 and studying is his passion. Seeing his enthusiasm and potential in the academics, society is sponsoring his studies and related expenses. He wants to become a doctor so that he can help the other children with thalassemia. He feels that it is the only way to return what he has received from Vanshika Arts Education Welfare society and its team.