The latest update on Gaurav’s health is that the sibling bone marrow test results came out last Wednesday. Unfortunately, these don’t match, i.e., Gaurav can’t receive the transplant from either of his two sisters.
The only plausible solution now remaining is to find a neutral, un-related allogenic transplant donor. While there are a few, small bone-marrow banks in India , the serious and credible options reside in US, UK and Singapore .
Gaurav’s current doctor at Tata Hospital , Bombay will soon start the process of registering his request for a compatible donor at these overseas banks. The cost of retrieving the overseas bone-marrow and subsequently conducting the operation is c. INR 15-20Mn (c. USD 300,000-400, 000).
In view of the prohibitive cost of the procedure, I would now like to formally seek financial aid from fellow Alumni to meet Gaurav’s soaring medical expenses. This request has Gaurav's consent.
I would like to seek assistance from anyone who has any contacts at the Christian Medical College , Vellore so that we can get Gaurav an audience with Dr Chandy at the soonest possible.
In terms of Gaurav’s current medical condition, the 2nd round of Chemotherapy (called Consolidation) finished last Thursday; as a result, he is now in complete “remission”. While the doctors search for the matching bone-marrow donor, Gaurav would simultaneously go through 3 additional rounds of Chemotherapy to control his condition. I am attaching his latest medical reports for anyone’s reference.
Lastly, I would like to thank all those who have already responded to my first email. It gives me great pride in seeing such a tremendous response from all quarters. I am also attaching a recent picture of Gaurav and his family; I am sure all of us would like to see his Family happy again; hence, I look forward to your continued co-operation and support.
I will keep all updated on Gaurav’s condition and progress.