Haemophilia is a disorder caused by a genetic mutation due to which blood doesn’t clot normally in the body. A person with this disorder would bleed excessively after any injury, no matter how small.
The first time Sheetal Daghe, 35, found out that her son Vivek had Haemophilia was when a doctor was treating him for diarrhoea. When the doctor injected saline in Vivek’s left hand, he developed severe swelling, one of the symptoms of the disease. Vivek, now nine, was diagnosed with the condition in 2009 when he was one-month-old, reports Hindustan Times.
So far, there is no cure for the disorder.
Over the years, Vivek was rushed to the hospital multiple times to get injections of clotting factor. During one of these visits, the doctor suggested a cost-effective idea to Sheetal to avoid future injuries for Vivek. He suggested she make hand-stitched protective pads, which would avoid accidental injury and control blood loss.
In the market, such pads are quite expensive and Sheetal couldn’t afford those. Her home-stitched pads do the job not only for herself but for a lot of other patients. Sheetal sells these pads to other patients for Rs 50 with an additional cost of material. Sometimes she also gives them out for free to patients who’ve just been diagnosed.
The pads are made of cotton cloth and soft foam. Sheetal has managed to sell 300 of these so far, reports HT. She uses the money she earns to buy medicines for her son. Her pads are now helping a lot of patients of Haemophilia, sold to them at a fraction of the cost of the factory-made supplies.