Indian Teen With HIV Receives Help from Indo-American Community

January 9, 2004

Source: The Argus,1413,83~1968~1880156,00.html

On January 9, 2004 The Argus reported on an Indian teenager with HIV receiving help from the Indo-American community: "In 2000, the doctors confirmed that her daughter, Mitra, has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. She contracted it 12 years earlier during a blood transfusion 20 days after her birth. Mitra Irani, now 15, is fighting for her life. She and her parents are visiting relatives in Fremont from their home in Pune, a city outside Bombay, India. They needed better doctors, and they desperately need money. Members of the Indo-American community, including Rennu Dhillon, founder of the Sikh Community Center, are rallying behind the family. 'It's disgraceful what these Indian doctors did to her,' Dhillon said...The family has received financial support from fellow Zoroastrians, but it is running out. They also won a lawsuit against the state where Mitra received the blood transfusion, guaranteeing her care for three years. But the medication and treatment were ineffective, her mother said. They visited a hospital in New York, where doctors specialize in the treatment of adolescent HIV. Mitra's medication, however, costs about $1,000 a month, and the family has no medical insurance."