I M Bashir Khan humbly request you, your friends or your good office
for assistance in raising some funds for a BONE MARROW TRANS
Raising money can seem like a
daunting task, particularly for families who are overwhelmed by a
life-threatening illness. But take heart: people feel good about
giving money to something important like saving a person’s life. We
used travel extensively for 7 yrs from Ladysmith to Durban every 3
son M.Talha Khan was diagnosed
from 1yr 3months with a blood disorder Thalassemia (say
“thal-uh-SEE-mee-uh”) is an inherited blood disorder that causes your
body to make less hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin helps red blood
cells spread oxygen through your body. Low levels of hemoglobin may
cause anemia, an illness that makes you feel weak and tired. Severe
anemia can damage organs and lead to death.
What are the types of thalassemia?
are two main types: alpha and beta. Beta thalassemia is the most
You need both alpha- and beta-globin to make hemoglobin. Beta
thalassemia occurs when one or both of the two genes that make beta-
globin don’t work or only partly work as they should.
If you have one damaged gene, you may have mild anemia and probably
won’t need treatment. This is called beta thalassemia minor or beta
thalassemia trait. It happens when you get a normal gene from one
parent and a thalassemia gene from the other.
When both genes are damaged, it means you got a thalassemia gene from
each parent. You may have moderate or severe anemia.
If you have moderate anemia (beta
thalassemia intermedia), you may need blood transfusions.
People with severe anemia (called beta thalassemia major or Cooley’s
anemia) need blood transfusions throughout life. Symptoms of anemia
usually begin within a few months after birth.
This type occurs when one or more of the four alpha-globin genes that
make hemoglobin are missing or damaged.
If one gene is missing or damaged: You will have no symptoms and will
not need treatment. But you are a silent carrier. This means you don’t
have the disease but can pass the defective gene to your child.
If two genes are missing or damaged: You will have very mild anemia
that will not need treatment. This is called alpha thalassemia minor
or alpha thalassemia trait.
If three genes are missing: You will have mild to moderately severe
anemia. This is sometimes called hemoglobin H disease. If it is
severe, you may need blood transfusions.
If all four genes are missing: This is called alpha thalassemia major.
The fetus will be stillborn, or the child will die soon after birth
How is it treated?
Treatment depends on how severe your condition is.
Mild thalassemia, the most common form, does not need treatment.
Moderate thalassemia may be treated with blood transfusions and folic
is a vitamin that your body needs to produce red blood cells.
Severe thalassemia may be treated with:
Surgery to remove the spleen.
A blood or bone marrow stem cell
Insha Allah B.M.T WILL BE CONDUCTED IN GROOTESCHUUR HOSPITAL IN
CAPETOWN WE WILL HAVE TO RELOCATE TO CAPETOWN FOR THE PERIOD OF 6
MONTHS, FROM AS OF MID TO LATE APRIL ALL FORMS OF CASH OR KIND WILL BE
HIGHLY APPRECIATED. WE HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME TO STEER THE OPERATION.
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CONTACT ME OR THE DOC AS IN THE ATTACHED DOCUMENT.
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