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Transfusion Changes Lives Of Brothers, Family

The need for monthly blood transfusion has changed the lives of two siblings, Arav Chand and Shanav Chand and their family. Since 2013, Arav, 6, and Shanav, 4, of Siberia,
10 Jun 2017 10:00
Transfusion Changes Lives Of Brothers, Family
Shanav Chand seating on the mother Priya Wati with Arav Chand six year old at Friendly North Inn in Labasa on June 8 2017 .PHOTO:PENI DRAUNA.

The need for monthly blood transfusion has changed the lives of two siblings, Arav Chand and Shanav Chand and their family.

Since 2013, Arav, 6, and Shanav, 4, of Siberia, Labasa, have suffered from a blood disorder called Thalassemia – an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin (the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen).

The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anaemia – a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough normal, healthy red blood cells.

Dr Reape Diege of the Labasa Hospital, who was present at the World Blood Donor Day celebration at the Friendly North Inn yesterday, said the brothers have been her patient for more than three years.

“The blood disorder is genetic and we are sorry to say that there is no cure for this,” Ms Diege said.

“Hence, the two children have to visit the blood bank at the hospital monthly for blood transfusion.

“We are humbly requesting the donors to please volunteer to donate blood to help these brothers.”

Their father, Vinod Chand, who works as a bakery supervisor at the NewWorld Supermarket in Labasa said his sons have changed their lifestyle.

“Unlike any normal parents, my wife and I spend more days in the hospital with our sons,” Mr Chand said.

“The kids no longer eat the usual food we used to eat, like curry. My wife and I changed our diet such as eating more vegetables so that we can enjoy the meals with our kids.”

He said life was not easy for the family but he was thankful with whatever they had.

World Blood Donor Day serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and other blood products, and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

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