My name is Kelvin, I am from Kenya (East Africa), I am 20 years and still a student at Nairobi University. I was suffering from Sickle cell disease , Living life with SCD was really hard for me and also for my family members. I used to search options to get curative treatment for Sickle cell disease. I got to know about GHN from one of my friend, his father was assisted by GHN for Open heart surgery in India.
As I was searching for Best Hospital for sickle cell disease treatment in India, getting the information from a close from of mine was really helpful, I took their contact no. and started communicating with Akhil Dubey who organised things for mu Friend’s father. I was asked to share all my medical reports and send them was truly a very easy task, I took pictures of all the reports and shared over the WhatsApp Line, Akhil Dubey, assured me that he will look for best doctor and hospital for Sickle cell disease in india. I was given a detailed Opinion from BLK Hospital, New Delhi and the Haematologist was Dr. Dharma Chaudhary, I got to know that BLK hospital is one of the best hospital for bone marrow transplant in India. We were told to get a HLA Matched Donor from direct siblings, unfortunately, I had none after doing HLA typing for my 2 brothers and one sis. We all were tensed as all of us thought that all the doors are closed now, But, When we communicated with Akhil Dubey, He told us not to worry as BLK Hospital has done many haplo identical transplants with an excellent success rate. We were all a bit concerned about results, then My Father asked Akhil dubey to connect with Dr. Dharma as we all wanted to hear from Doctor about results, We talked and Dr. Dharma said, Kelvin should go for haplo identical transplant.
As we were ready, GHN was quick in organising the Medical Visa Letter for three of us who were planned to travel. We got Visa in 4 days, Booked tickets , shared them with GHN as they requested for travel details to organise for Airport pick up and appointment with Doctor.
We left Nairobi on 5 March 2017, landed at Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport on 6th March. One of the Representative from GHN from was there to receive, He took us to hospital directly, GHN guys are quick and effective in assisting people, I saw Dr. Dharma on the same day upon arrival, I did investigations on same day.
Finally, after a week, I was given a go ahead for admission for transplant, Harvesting was done for Marrow cells from the donor and the transplant was done. My mother was all the time with me to motivate me during dull phases post transplant, recovery phase was tough with a few complications , I would like highly appreciate efforts of nursing team and the team of doctors at BLK Hospital, they were all so dedicated in taking care of me, strict Supervision on my health. There were ups and downs during over 3 weeks stay in the hospital but I was Truly backed up well by Nursing, Doctors and frequent visits from GHN people, they kept saying, Kelvin, “you are a strong boy, you will be fine soon”. With God’s grace, I was recovered well and was given clearance for discharge on 25th day. I stayed in India for two weeks more for follow up, my counts were satisfactory and I was too excited to travel back home.
Every person in the family, WhatsApp group people, People connected with me on Facebook were all happy to know that I am free from Sickle cell disease after Best Bone Marrow Transplant in India. We all are thankful to Team of Doctors, BMT Nursing team and Team GHN who took good care of us, they were key factors in making things swift and easier for us. I always suggest people to connect with GHN as I trust them and I have seen these people serving people with quality medical assistance. Many Patients have been referred by me till now and all of them speak good about their work on ground level. I am a huge fan and BRAND AMBASSADOR for GHN in Kenya. A Big Thank you to all of you, because of you people i am living a life which is free from Sickle cell disease.
Happy I Am……………..
Love you All,