Chengamanad (Ernakulam): A 15-month-old toddler, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), is all set to get a new life, thanks to a stranger who donated Rs 11 crore for the child’s treatment.
Nirvaan, son of Sarang and Adithi, was diagnosed with SMA in January this year. A total of Rs 17.4 crore is required for bringing medicine from the US and starting treatment. Following this, Nirvaan’s family decided to crowdfund the money via Milaap, a fundraising platform.
On Monday, around 10.30 am, an unexpected sum of Rs 11 crore was deposited in their account by a benevolent stranger, who wished to remain anonymous.
Taking to Facebook, Nirvaan’s family wrote, “We have received a significant donation of 1.4 million USD from an anonymous donor. Their generosity has brought us closer to our goal of raising the funds needed for Nirvaan’s treatment.”
“Although we do not know anything about the one who deposited the money, we will definitely keep the person in our hearts. We thank all those who helped us with our child’s treatment,” said Sarang and Adithi.
The family is currently staying at the house of Adithi’s father in Nedumbassery. At times, Nirvaan has to be taken to Thiruvananthapuram for a check up.
The parents’ next goal is to pool the rest of the money and purchase the medicine soon. Around 20 days are required for the medicine to arrive from the US. The medicine should be administered before the child turns two.
As of now, around 72,000 people have donated money for treatment. Sarang is a merchant navy officer in Mumbai and Adithi is a software engineer.