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March 27, 2010

Foreign tourists collect alms for Varanasi kid suffering from aplastic anaemia

     Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh): Foreign tourists currently holidaying in Varanasi took to the streets here on Saturday holding placards reading 'Save My Life' and asking for donations for the treatment of a poor kid suffering from aplastic anaemia. To help the poor child receive proper treatment and get operated, the foreigners with the aid of several willing locals, took out the procession to seek donations from the general public. Reportedly, in the course of sightseeing, the foreign tourists spotted Aditya, a six-year-old boy being a victim of Aplastic Anaemia, a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. "I am trying to raise money for this six years old child, who has Aplastic Anaemia. He has to have an operation in Delhi and we are trying to raise 10-12,00,000 rupees here today walking on the streets of Varanasi," said Chelsi Tubmi, an American tourist. "So, he can have this operation and it's going really well. Lots of people are donating," added Tubmi. Aditya's family being very poor was wondering as to how to meet the cost of his operation and other treatment expenses. "My Grandson's bone marrow has dried up. His condition is critical. We are very poor and have no money for treatment. We need help. But I don't know where to get help," said Radhika, Aditya's grandmother. "Further, the doctors also mentioned that if the patient's bone marrow is not transplanted within two months, he might die of blood cancer," she added.
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