Social media users raise Rs 7 lakh for minor's treatment in 24 hours

At least Rs seven lakh were raised in just 24 hours for treatment of a minor girl from this district, through an appeal made on social media.

A six-year-old girl from Khawas area of this Rajouri was advised by the doctors of SMHS Shalamar hospital Jammu that she needs to undergo a complete blood transfusion from PGI Chandigarh as she had developed initial symptoms of a fatal illness.

The cost of the treatment was suggested to be around Rs 6.5 lakhs. “Being a daily wager in Public Health Engineering Department who hasn’t been paid from last 12 months, I was wondering for how could I save my daughter,” said Chamail Singh, father of the girl.

Meanwhile, the social activists from his district came to know about the issue and they put the wheels of social media into motion.

On April 19, social activists Waqar Lone, Nadeem Mir, Wajahid and others from Kotranka and Budhal areas made a passionate appeal on social media sharing the particulars of the patient and financial aid required to save her life.

“We were hopeful that an appeal on social media can do the job, so we put up one on Sunday morning,” Lone said.

He said all patient details, phone numbers of family members and bank details were shared in the form of an appeal on social media.

“Within no time the appeal went viral and was soon trending,” said another activist, Nadeem Mir, who also played a vital role in the noble act.

The activists were surprised to see the response of people. “We were amazed within few hours, thousands of people started donating,” Mir said.

From top bureaucrats to police officials, everyone contributed. Mir said number of senior bureaucrats of J&K, including many Deputy Commissioners, donated towards the account, besides, an entire batch of Jammu and Kashmir Police Officers (JKPS-2012) donated more than Rs 80,000 for the cause, he said.

He said with people from all walks of life contributing, within less than 24 hours Rs seven lakh were collected, which were immediately transferred to the account of the father of the girl.

Chamail Singh could not believe his luck.  “I could have never imagined that so many would come forward to extend their help. This was totally unexpected,” he said. “I am highly thankful to everyone who shared their earnings to save my daughter.”

He said although the complete treatment of the girl would cost him more, but he is content that at least he has the amount which is required now.