This case is a race against time. A nine-year-old only child with acute lymphocytic leukaemia needs stem cell transplantation before the cancer cells spread further.
“I hope that my son can live longer. He is my only hope, and I can’t imagine how my life will be if he is no longer around. I can only tell myself that my son will be safe.”
Neehand Pritvy A/L Sri Kalidasan is a Chinese-Indian mixed-race boy. He had a persistent fever and was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL). The news shocked his family members. After four years of treatment, he recovered. Unexpectedly, his cancer relapsed last year, and the cancer cells spread to his testicles.
The doctor suggested he undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) after removing the testicles. His mother is willing to donate stem cells to save her child, but the HSCT costs RM400,000. The family managed to raise RM35,000 by borrowing from their friends and families, and they are still short of RM365,000 to save the boy.
【Neehand Pritvy would have a fever at a fixed time every year since he was two and would be hospitalised for a week every time. When he was five, the doctor suspected something was wrong. After a blood test, the doctor diagnosed him with acute lymphocytic leukaemia. The doctor also informed the mother that the recovery rate could reach 75% as long as he underwent appropriate treatment】
Neehand Pritvy from Butterworth is an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) child after his parents tried to conceive a child for five years. Therefore, he was the precious child his parents were looking forward to. Unexpectedly, Neehand Pritvy would have a fever at a fixed time every year since he was two and would be hospitalised for a week every time before he recovered. It happened year after year. When he was five, the doctor conducted a blood test and diagnosed him with acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL).
Fortunately, his condition was under control after he underwent chemotherapy for ten months and took some medications. His mother was happy when she saw her son getting rid of the pain of chemotherapy.
Unexpectedly, in March last year, Neehand Pritvy complained to his mother after school one day that one of his testicles was larger than the other. The mother felt something was wrong as the doctor told her that if the patient was a boy, hidden cancer cells would usually spread to the brain, testicles and bone marrow. After consulting a doctor, the doctor asked the mother to immediately send the boy to a hospital. Examination showed that his cancer had relapsed, and the cancer cells had spread to his testicles. The doctor arranged for him for chemotherapy, and he was hospitalised frequently due to the complications of chemotherapy.
The patient was eager to look for suitable bone marrow for transplantation. However, there were a lot of patients at government hospitals, and the process of bone marrow matching would take up quite some time. The family panicked and later found a specialist hospital for further consultation. The doctor informed the mother that the boy was of mixed race, so it became more difficult for him to get matching bone marrow. The doctor also said the fastest way was to let the mother donate her bone marrow to save her son.
After a series of examinations, the doctor confirmed that the mother’s stem cells were suitable for saving her son. However, the mother was under stress as the medical expenses were substantial. She did not want to lose her son, so she asked the public for help.
His 37-year-old single mother, Ooi Yan Fen, quit as a massage parlour cashier after her son had cancer. She earned about RM3,000 a month working as a cashier. The boy’s parents divorced, and he lives with his mother. The father’s elder sister supports the mother and son’s daily expenses, while the mother pays for the boy’s medical and school expenses.
The boy needed RM400,000 for treatment, but the mother could only raise RM35,000. There was a shortfall of RM365,000. After reviewing the case following a home visit, One Hope Charity decided to assist Neehand Pritvy in raising his needed medical expenses. His family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf. Call One Hope Charity’s hotline at 04-539 9212, 016-419 2192, 019-232 2192 or 018-911 4192 if you have questions.