SRINAGAR: Following an online campaign by netizens in Kashmir, around Rs 28 lakhs were raised for Sana Bhat, a girl diagnosed with relapse acute myeloid leukemia (a type of blood cancer) within one week.
Sana, 24, a resident of Magarmal area of Srinagar, is currently undergoing treatment at Rajiv Gandhi hospital in New Delhi. Her relatives had appealed for donations for her treatment expenses.
“We are grateful to every person who donated to save a precious life. We have received enough than the required amount and the treatment (for her sister) has already started,” Sadia Bhat, her elder sister said.
The campaign was started on social networking sites by concerned citizens a week ago, and within a week around Rs 28 lakhs was deposited in her account.
“We were not expecting such kind of support. People were generous and we thank their efforts and contributions,” Sadia said.
Sana’s father had died in 1995, and she was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2015. According to her family, they have already spent around Rs 16 lakh on her treatment in Fortis hospital, Delhi.
However, a year later her condition worsened again and she had a stem cell transplant, which cost her family Rs 30 lakh.
“We sold our ancestral land to meet the treatment expenses,” said Sadia.
Following the stem cell transplant, Sana once again relapsed just after two months of her earlier treatment and since July 2016, Sana along with her family is in Delhi for treatment.
Sadia, while appealing people to stop sending more donations, said that her family had nothing to spend had not Kashmiris helped her in this tragic moment.
“We ran out of all our financial resources. That’s why we appealed people for donations as the cost of treatment was out of hands for us. Many people responded positively and we thank them all,” Sadia said.
Sadia appealed people to pray for her sister’s speedy recovery. “Now only prayers are needed for speedy recovery of my sister,” she said.