India opener KL Rahul has come to the rescue of an 11-year-old budding cricketer in need of an urgent Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), donating Rs 31 lakh for the treatment of a rare blood disorder.
In December, Varad Nalawade’s father Sachin, an insurance agent, and mother Swapna Jha, started a campaign to raise Rs 35 lakh they needed to pay for their son’s treatment.
Rahul’s team got in touch with the organisation associated with the campaign as soon as they came to know about Varad.
Since last September, the fifth standard schoolboy had been under the care of haematologists in Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital after he was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a rare blood disorder.
Varad’s blood platelet levels were very low, making his immune system extremely susceptible to infections. Even a normal fever was taking months to be cured. A BMT was the only permanent cure for Varad’s condition.
Thanks to Rahul, Varad was operated upon and is now recuperating.
Speaking about the donation, Rahul said, “When I came to know about Varad’s condition, my team got in touch with GiveIndia so that we can help him in any way we could.
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“I am glad that the surgery was successful, and he is doing well. I hope Varad gets back on his feet at the earliest and goes on to achieve his dreams. I hope my contribution inspires more and more people to come forward and help those in need.”
Sitting next to a smiling Varad, his mother Swapna, with folded hands, said: “We are thankful to KL Rahul for donating such a large amount for Varad’s surgery. But for him, it would have been impossible to carry out the bone marrow transplant in such a short period of time. Thank you, Rahul.”
Speaking on Rahul’s donation, GiveIndia COO: “We thank K.L. Rahul for his generosity that will give a new lease of life to young Varad. When a cricketing icon like Rahul comes forward and donates such a large amount to save someone’s life, it can inspire millions to open their hearts and give to those in need.”
Varad’s family couldn’t have imagined that an Indian player would come to rescue him. Varad often talks about playing for India in the future. He now has the chance to emulate the man who saved his life. (ANI)
KL Rahul becomes most-expensive IPL player, will earn more than Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni
The Indian Premier League (IPL) two new teams — Ahmedabad and Lucknow on Friday (January 22) officially named their draft picks ahead of the upcoming mega auction for the IPL 2022 season.
The RPSG group-owned Lucknow franchise signed KL Rahul for Rs 17 crore, Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Rs 9.2 crore, and uncapped leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi for Rs 4 crore. They will make the rest of their squad at the mega auction scheduled in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13.
Notably, the deal means that KL Rahul is now the joint-highest-paid player in the IPL across seasons, along with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli, who was also signed for Rs 17 crore by Royal Challengers in 2018.
However, Kohli has been retained for Rs 15 crore by RCB ahead of the IPL 2022 auction which means that Rahul is currently the most expensive IPL player and he will even earn more than CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who has been retained for Rs 12 crore by the franchise.
29-year-old Rahul has been one of the most consistent batters in the IPL since 2018. The opener led Punjab Kings in the last two seasons but he wanted a change and was subsequently released by the management.