Parents offer to sell kidney for sons treatment

Desperate move

Anuj’s parents have filed an application in a local court seeking permission to sell their kidneys as they are not in position to arrange Rs 20 lakh needed for the operation. “Allow us to sell our kidneys or direct the UP government to foot the medical expenses to be incurred on Anuj’s treatment,” the application filed by Anuj’s father Manish Behal said.

Behal said that several philanthropists and charity organisations have come forward to help them. “We have arranged Rs 4 lakh so far but is not sufficient,” he said. UP health minister Anant Kumar Mishra said that the government was ready to meet all expenditures on Anuj’s treatment. “We will make an arrangement to treat Anuj treated at the super-speciality Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here,” Mishra said.

Anuj’s case hogged the limelight after two of his sisters Shristi and Muska aged 13 and 9 began polishing shoes in the streets of Kanpur to do their bid for the operation. Moved by their effort, several people and organisations had agreed to help.

“Aplastic anemia” is a condition where the bone marrow stops producing enough new blood cells. As a result patients are more prone to infections and diseases. It can also lead to unstoppable bleeding. A simple cold or nose bleed can be quite dangerous for people with this sickness.

The treatment advised by the doctors for Anuj involves bone marrow transplant, which costs around Rs 20 lakh. Anuj’s father Manish Behal is a motor mechanic and barely able to make ends meet.

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