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The story of Sarbjeet Kaur and her son Gurmukh Singh, was heart-breaking for not only the Sikh Relief Team but the entire sikh population who watched her heart-breaking appeal asking for someone to help save her sons life. 

Since 2010, twelve year old Gurmukh has been battling childhood diabetes and his daily medication and medical check-ups have taken their toll on the family's finances. Gurmukh's father works as a bus driver and earns only 250Rs a day. To make matters worse, he has an addiction and his salary does not stretch far enough to even cover the household costs. This leaves Sarbjit Kaur in a difficult position and she has been forced to sell all the family assets in an attempt to raise money for the medication for her only child, Gurmukh. The family live in just one small room, that has been let to them for free, against the security of their family home.

 

Gurmukh's daily insulin injections are costly, which doesn't leave enough money to get Gurmukh the professional, medical care he desperately needs. His blood sugar levels regularly reach around 500mg and the disease is out of control. This has meant that his situation has deteriorated, so much so, that his eyesight is failing and his kidneys have also suffered damage. Gurmukh spends his days lying down as his body lacks any energy and he has begun to suffer memory loss.

 

Doctors at a specialist hospital in Jalandhar, conducted a variety of tests to establish the extent of kidney damage as a result of his diabetes and they also conducted various tests on Gurmukh's eyesight. The most urgent step needed was to stabilize Gurmukh's blood sugar levels and for this he was placed on a drip. Before other procedures could begin his diabetes must be brought under control. 

After a fortnight of treatment, Gurmukh began to respondwell to treatment. His blood sugar levels steadied at around 150mg which has meant Gurmukh was more active and talking more - even attempting to walk. Meanwhile, Sikh Relief ensured to care of all Gurmukh's medical costs including AC accommodation in the hospital for his mother. Everyday our Sikh Relief volunteer was present to provide further assistance. 

 

On 26th July, twelve year old Gurmukh Singh was released from hospital where he has spent the past few weeks receiving medical treatment to bring down the critical level of his blood sugar.

The doctors are satisfied that his diabetes is controlled enough for his long term treatment to begin. Our Sikh Relief India team who have been with Gurmukh and his family throughout these difficult few weeks, brought him home and as you can see from the photo's there were smiles all round!!

Together with the Sangat's help and outpouring of generosity, we have all been able to provide a huge relief for this troubled family.  

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