Bengaluru: No money for child's treatment - Fortune reverses distraught family's situation

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Feb 20: Fortunes can swiftly change the course of one's life. However, good fortune that knocks at one's doors when the family is in dire need of funds, makes the people forget their woes and become eternally thankful to the God.

In a strange incident, a 14-month-old child from Bhatkal was facing a peculiar disease. The child was fighting for its life and the doctors had said that a sum of Rs 16 crore would be needed to treat the child. At a time when the family needed money badly, the family won a lottery and therefore could afford the child's treatment.

Fatima, the 14-month-old daughter of Mobammad Besil and Kahdeeja couple from Bhatkal, was suffering from muscle-related ailment. From January this year, the child is being treated in Baptist Hospital here. After she was provided with zolgensma treatment, Fatima's condition has improved. She also was provided with genes treatment.

The girl needed a lot of money for treatment. At this time, the girl has won a lottery. Leading pharmaceutical company, Novartis, has come forward to provide money to treat the child. The hospital, which said that only very rich persons can afford this treatment, estimated that the cost of the girl's treatment would be about Rs 16 crore. This was stated by the chief executive officer of the hospital, Naveen Thomas. Naveen said that children face problems linked to muscles because of the problems with veins. This might be caused because of certain defects found in either of the parents. Naveen said that 38 children lost their lives last year because of this ailment.

The child's father said that after the treatment, there is improvement in the condition of Fatima and she is able to move her legs. However, it will take a few days for her to become normal.

Zolgensma and genes are treatments that only rich can afford. For the first time, this treatment was provided at Baptist Hospital in Karnataka, thanks to humane initiative undertaken by Novartis. Well-known child neurologist, Dr Ann Agnes Mathew, said that this is a rare disease. She said that about 200 children are being treated at the Baptist Hospital.






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  • Yamby, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    No words. Thank you Novartis. Thank you Naveen Thomas. God bless you all.

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  • Gabriel Lewis, Brahmavar

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Three cheers to Baptist Hospital & may God bless the child & the family.

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  • Rakesh Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 20 2021

    Hats off to the pharmaceutical company, Novartis for a very kind gesture.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Feb 20 2021

    What a wonder.Does anyone need any more poof that God doesnt exist?Thank God the lottery came in time and may God bless this child ,give good health .Crores not matter now.Child too must improve with so much pouring money .We hear this treatment is done mostly in USA .God bless all.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, valencia

    Sat, Feb 20 2021

    God sending this gift in the form of lottery.O god you are great.God listened to their prayers when the family in dire straits and poor child struggling .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 20 2021

    God is Great ...

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  • Vantage Point, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 20 2021

    Zolgensma is one of the costliest treatment in the world

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Sat, Feb 20 2021

    God Bless the Child, For Zolgensma treatment Rs 16 crore ? OMG

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