Adnan Aamir | Ayaz Khan
In a society where state has failed to provide basic healthcare services to the people, patients suffering from life taking illnesses look up towards the civil society for help. In Balochistan every now and then a case of a serious illness comes to the light and the energetic and humanity loving civil society activists come forward for help. In the past Civil Society members have successfully arranged for the treatment of Ameerullah Kakar, Hajira and Sheh Mureed. Once again they are faced with another case of Rehan rind from Khuzdar.
Rehan Rind, a 21 year old student-cum-teacher, has been diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) a type of blood cancer which causes blood-division disorder wherein Bone Marrow increases generating WBCs more than its normal range causing destruction of good blood cells. Platelets start diminishing which results in bleeding from nose or urine. Although Blood Cancer is curable, yet its early diagnose is crucial for survival. But, what makes the disease fatal is its costly treatment which can either be afforded by elite or by those who are assisted by some charitable organizations.
Complete cost of the Rehan’s treatment will be approximately three million rupees; however, it might increase to six million, if Bone Marrow transplantation is needed
As per doctors’ estimates complete cost of the Rehan’s treatment will be approximately three million rupees, however, it might increase to six million, if Bone Marrow transplantation is needed. Given Rehan’s young age, doctors seem quite certain his health will be restored after completion of his treatment. “More than 50 per cent patients with blood cancer recover from this malignant disease, however, age factor is integral,” explains Dr. Usman Shaikh under whose care Rehan is being treated.
Undoubtedly, reports showing blood cancer positive fall like a bolt from the blue for a patient who had only body pain and light fever before tests. But, Rehan does not let the diseases dominate his resolve. “My courage is my weapon against the cancer which I am suffering from.” Says Rehan while lying in the bed at Agha Khan Hospital with his hands having numerous pricks.
Rehan belongs to a middle-class family. His father fulfills his duty as Librarian in Municipal Corporation Khuzdar and hardly makes both ends meet. “My son is my asset and God is the best protector; Rehan is left on his mercy.” says Khalid Karim, Rehan’s father with his voice shivering and sore eyes.
My courage is my weapon against the cancer which I am suffering from – Rehan Rind
Rehan, in spite of, lying on the bed at Agha Khan Hospital seems more worried for the patients who even cannot afford to get their initial tests conducted from private laboratories. “I am more concerned about those who are poor and cannot afford even a cheap hospital how they could get treatment from a costly hospital,” Rehan expresses his concern about poor patients.
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Rehan’s treatment is mostly afforded by the charity which is donated after his friends and family members have started a campaign with #RehanTheAssetOfNation on social media. Other campaigns have also been started with hashtags of #SaveRehan and #SaveRehanRind.
Need of the hour is to consolidate all the campaigns and start one single campaign to save the life of Rehan Rind who is truly an Asset for the Nation.