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March 2021 Update 2

Khyati is a sweet little 6 month-old girl who has been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 – a disease that affects kids and claims 95% of them before they turn 2 years of age.When Khyati was born her parents, Raman and Joshna, had tears of joy in their eyes. Childbirth is one of the most beautiful feelings of life. The bond children have with their parents is inexplicable. The doctors cut the umbilical cord of the child but the connection with the mother lasts for a lifetime.After Khyati turned 6 months of age, her parents couldn’t help but notice that she didn’t have any neck control and was not able to sit up on her own. They took her to the pediatrician who suggested waiting one more month to see if there were any improvements. However, when nothing changed even then, they were suggested to do some diagnostic tests. The doctor’s words when he announced the results to them still ring in their ears and haunt their lives.Khyati was suffering from a very very deadly and dangerous disease – SMA. In this, the gene responsible for the entire muscle function of the body is missing or severely defective. So the child keeps losing out on muscle functions until they eventually lose their life.Their hopes rose when they were told that not all was lost but it crashed even deeper when they were told that she will need the world’s most expensive drug.2.1 million USD is the ray of hope for Khyati, is something that a middle-class family can’t afford alone. Team Ashvattha donated Rs.35,000 to help with Khyati’s treatment.

We hope Khyati recovers soon to live a happy life with her family. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help!

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March 2021 Update 1

Chandrakala is one such soul fighting this hard battle. Chandrakala, a 58 year old is suffering from Intestine Cancer (Adenocarcinoma). As per the scans, there is a huge chunk of flesh got stripped around the large intestine which can’t be removed directly through surgery but its thickness has to be reduced periodically thru some procedure at regular intervals and then they can plan for the surgery. No hospital was accepting her as the situation was critical, finally Continental Hospital, hyderabad accepted her for the treatment and to undergo surgery. The family has already spent so much money for the treatment and needs much more for the surgery. One of our regular donors brought this to our attention seeking help. With our volunteers’ help we are able to reach out to the family in continental hospital and hand over a check of Rs.40,000. We sincerely pray for Chandrakala to gain that strength and courage to fight back the monsters cancer and with great hope wish for him to win this battle.

We hope Chandrakala recovers soon to live a happy life with her family. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help! 

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February 2021 Update

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January 2020 Update 2

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
It is not everyday we find meaning in the things we do and the things we own. Most of the time we find it in the happiness of others. And, Life gives us the purpose and sense of fulfillment when the happiness is due to an act of kindness from oneself. That fulfillment drives us to do much more to fill happiness in the world. That is what we at Ashvattha are always striving for. We appreciate all the support we are getting from you, in our journey.

Here is the story of Deepak and Jayashree trying to save their 9 months old baby boy Ranveer Singh. Ranveer was admitted to Nice Hospital under critical conditions with nasal bleeding, blood in stool, skin rashes and skin infection. The little one was monitored for manifestations of thrombocytopenia and bleeding. And, he needs a bone marrow transplantation. The treatment would cost more than Rs.15 Lakhs and the family is not in a financial situation to bear such expenses. They reached out to Ashvattha for help and one of our volunteers visited Deepak, the boy’s father, at the hospital to donate a check of Rs.25,000. It was heart-breaking to see the pictures of the baby in his father’s phone. Hard to imagine how the little one is surviving the treatment. All we can do is provide some moral support to the family and pray that the baby boy gains the strength to survive.

We hope Ranveer recovers soon to live a normal healthy life. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help!
AshvatthaJanuary 2020 Update 2
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January 2020 Update 1

“Keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all you need to do right now”
And that is how one can fight Cancer, the monstrous disease which frightens and weakens us. We just need to keep fighting with it each and every day and never give up to become a survivor. Team Ashvattha, supports the fighters and admires the survivors of Cancer. We are trying to be there for them and help them not give up their hope.

Here is another story of a woman suffering from Breast Cancer. Shashikala, 40 years-old, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and was admitted to KIMS. The diagnosis indicated a lobulated solid lesion outer quadrant of the right breast. As we are all aware that treating any form of cancer costs a huge deal. Also, it is exhausting both physically and emotionally. Team Ashvattha reached out to Shashikala’s brother Nagababu and handed over a check of Rs.30,000 for the chemotherapy and the treatment.

We hope and pray Shashikala gains the strength to fight this monstrous disease. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help!
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December 2020 Update 2

“We rise by lifting others” ~ Robert Ingersoll

Never underestimate the difference you can make in others lives. Team Ashvattha is always willing to take a step forward, reach out to someone that needs a lift. And, we are proud to have volunteers and donors who help us achieve those goals.

This is one more request from our volunteer to help a young man, Naveen, from Khammam who met with an accident. He fell off the bike trying to avoid hitting a dog. Unfortunately, the accident caused severe head and spinal cord injuries. The doctors said the situation was critical and he also could have a blood clot in his head. The 24-year was working at a printing press to feed his family. He or his family was not in a position to bear the expenses of the treatment. Our volunteers went all the way to Khammam and handed over a check of Rs.20,000 to the family. 

We hope he recovers soon to take care of himself and the family. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help! 

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December 2020 Update 1

“We rise by lifting others” ~ Robert Ingersoll
Never underestimate the difference you can make in others lives. Team Ashvattha is always willing to take a step forward, reach out to someone that needs a lift. And, we are proud to have volunteers and donors who help us achieve those goals.

Here is a request that Ashvattha acted upon to give that lift and make that small difference in the lives of others. 

We got a request from Subramanyam who is the father of an 8-year-old daughter Shena Sameera. She was diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease where her liver was decomposed and she had to undergo a Liver Transplant Surgery. She was admitted to Rainbow Children’s Hospital and the treatment cost about Rs. 18 lakhs.  Subramanyam is a farmer and the family couldn’t afford such a huge amount for treatment. Back in 2015, his elder daughter suffered from the same disease where he spent all the money he had but, unfortunately, couldn’t save her. Now, he is going through that pain all over again with his second daughter and reached out to Ashvattha for help. A volunteer from Team Ashvattha reached out to the family and donated a check of Rs.20,000 for the treatment.

We hope Sameera recovers soon and the family is happy again. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help!
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November 2020 Update

“One day at a time, one step at a time. Do what you can, do your best. Let God handle the rest.” ~ Michelle Jones.
Once cancer happens, it changes the way you live for the rest of your life. But, with the people you love and support standing beside you, there is always hope for a happy future. Team Ashvattha is always willing and ready to be a small ray of light in the lives of such people fighting the cancer  demon. 

Prasad and Lalitha are elderly couple who were school teachers. Lalitha is suffering from breast cancer. She had surgery done and is taking post surgery medication which includes chemotherapy at MNJ Cancer Hospital. As it is a government hospital they were able to manage the expenses for most part. However, they still need some financial help with the post surgery medication and the remaining 6 chemos. The couple doesn’t have any children to take care of them, so they are looking for some help. One of our volunteers spoke to both Prasad and Lalitha to get the details. Team Ashvattha donated Rs.20,000 to help with Lalitha’s medication.

We hope Lalitha recovers soon to live a happy life with her husband. Thank you donors and volunteers for your help!
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October 2020 Update 2

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws” ~ Barbara Kingsolver.
The struggle that parents go through to save their children just cannot be explained in words. And, a mother’s pain is unimaginable. It is her strength and hope that gives life to a child. Here is a heart melting story of a mother who is trying to save her newborn twins. 

After a long wait Sachin and Deepali were going to be parents and were very excited to welcome a new member to their family. To their pleasant surprise the doctor said they are going to have twins and they were really happy. However, throughout the pregnancy Deepali had several issues. She was admitted to the hospital thrice and she lost a lot of blood. The pandemic made it even more difficult to find hospitals and they even had to travel to Mumbai to get her admitted. And, at the time of delivery her uterus was infected and she needed an emergency C-section as the infection had reached the babies lungs. The babies were born with lung infection and were struggling to breathe with their weak lungs. The doctors are trying their best every single day to cure the babies. The family is doing everything possible to bring the babies home healthily and start living with them. But, they were zapped with the hospital bills and the treatment cost about 40 lakhs. They spent the last rupee they own and used all the help they can. 
One of the donors of Ashvattha referred this request to us and our volunteers talked to Deepali. She broke into tears while explaining their situation. It was heartbreaking to listen to her pain. Team Ashvattha donated an amount of Rs.50,000 to help save the twin babies.

We recently heard from Deepali that one of the twin babies has recovered and is home. The family is very happy to welcome the baby home and hoping the other twin also will recover soon. The parents thanked Team Ashvattha for all the help. Let’s pray for the speedy recovery of the second twin as well. Thank you for all the donors of Ashvattha for being a great help for this family!  
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October 2020 Update

“And sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we still hope.” ~ unknown
Life is unpredictable. It throws different puzzles and problems at us each and every day and we struggle to solve them by gathering all the strength day after day. Sometimes, it takes more than strength, more than courage to face it. It is ‘hope’ that we need to push ourselves a little bit more each day. Here is the story of Naveen who is fighting with that hope each day.
Naveen was first admitted to Renee hospital (Karimnagar) with the symptoms of high  fever and severe hair fall back in Dec 2019. He was also finding it difficult to swallow food with throat pain. So the doctor has done USG for the neck and identified some lymph nodes. He was immediately admitted to Yashoda Hospitals Secunderabad where further diagnosis was done and it was identified that Naveen was suffering from Castleman disease with lupus (Autoimmune disease). 
Naveen’s wife, Bhavani, was the only breadwinner in their family and had no other financial support to help with Naveen’s treatment and medication. They used all the insurance money and their savings. Doctors suggested 2 chemos sessions which cost around 1 lakh per chemo. Later Naveen had more issues like blurry vision and loss of consciousness. He has to consult a Neuro Physician to undergo more tests. They spent almost 6 lakhs just for the diagnosis and tests. He was taking treatment at the NIMS hospital and needed help with chemos and further treatment. They reached out to help from charity organizations, at last. A volunteer from Team Ashvattha was able to visit Naveen and his wife at NIMS Hospital to get more details on his current state and donated a check of Rs.30,000. 

We hope that Naveen is recovering now and the family is coping up with the emotional and financial stress. They thanked all the donors of Ashvattha for coming forward to help them!
AshvatthaOctober 2020 Update
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