NEWSLIONS IMPACT: Boy, 4, has been cured of leukaemia which caused his eyes to bleed and POP OUT


A four-year-old boy whose eyes would bleed and pop out as a result of leukaemia has been cured.

Sagar Dorji, from Lakhimpur in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, developed the form of blood cancer in the summer last year.

His parents were unable to afford to pay for medical tests, but fortunately his story attracted international attention.

Local health officials became aware of his situation and sought to treat him – flying him 1,800 miles (2,900km) away to Bangalore for chemotherapy.

And after a five-month treatment plan, the swelling in his eyes has reduced and the bleeding has completely subsided.

Although there is no threat to his life anymore, doctors remain worried that the disease may have caused irreversible damage to his eye sight.

His surgeon, Dr Sunil Bhat, told MailOnline: ‘We don’t know how much of damaged has happened in the eyes. If the cornea is damaged, it can be fixed.

‘But if the damage is from inside, it would be a challenging task to recover his sight.’

His devastated parents were desperate to find out what was wrong with him after his condition escalated in August 2016 – but couldn’t afford the medical tests required.

But after becoming aware of his family’s campaign, officials in the state of Assam paid to fly the boy to a private hospital in Bangalore.

Doctors here diagnosed Sagar with acute myeloid leukaemia – which can, on rare occasions, affect the blood vessels in the eyes.

Surgeons conducted a bone marrow transplant on Sagar after his nine-year-old sister was found to be a match.


Sagar was considered lucky, as there is only a 30 per cent chance of a match between siblings, according to medical literature.

The entire treatment has so far cost around INR 210,000 (£25,000) – with the Indian government having paid most of it.

Money generated through crowd-funding – in which people from around the world donated – took care of travel, accommodation and food expenses.

Sagar’s parents, who have been camping in Bangalore for the past five months, are relieved to see their child smile again.

‘We are grateful to the state government and all the people who donated for Sagar’s treatment,’ says his father, Humbahadur Dorji.

‘It was really heartening to see how the people from across the world donated for Sagar’s treatment even before the Assam government decided to pitch in.

‘I don’t know how to thank you all. But it is because of your help and generosity that my child back from the jaws of death.

‘We will remain indebted to you all our life for your generosity. Thank you again’

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