Dr. Kumudu Wickramasinghe, a 38 year old leukemia patient, needs over $50,000 USD for his survival. An anesthesiologist from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kumudu has valiantly fought Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) for over one year. He has braved numerous complications and extensive rounds of chemotherapy. Because Sri Lanka does not have transplant facilities, Kumudu has had to travel to India, away from his family. He is now isolated at a hospital in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, being resuscitated for life-threatening consequences of chemotherapy as he prepares for a stem cell transplant to take place mid-February 2019. Time is running out. Unfortunately, so are his savings, which have been totally depleted by chemotherapy, hospital stays and the cost of the stem cell transplant.
Prior to his diagnosis, Kumudu excelled in his medical practice, treating thousands of trauma patients. He was known as a dedicated doctor for the poor, having assisted in the development of a new hospital facility for rural patients in Nuwaraeliya. A graduate of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Colombo, and an alumnus of Royal College, Kumudu earned praise from local communities and the Sri Lankan media for his philanthropy. He has led a noble life, both as a doctor and a parent.
Kumudu’s wife, Nirosha Wijeratne, is also a doctor. She has supported him throughout his illness while also caring for their two daughters, Tavishi and Seyara. Both children are under 3 years old and they have missed seeing their father a lot this past year. They are being looked after by a maid now since Nirosha’s mother, who was helping raise the children, recently fell and fractured her hip. To make matters worse, Kumudu’s mother is being treated for breast cancer that has spread to her bones.
Kumudu has strenuously struggled to pay $61,000 towards the stem cell transplant cost. However, in total he needs well over $100,000 to cover his current chemotherapy treatment and the stem cell procedure that will give him a chance at a new lease on life.
We are pleading with you to help Kumudu and his family. Any donation amount, small or big, will make a tremendous difference to them. Thank you for opening your hearts and donations to help save Kumudu’s life.
Here’s How You Can Help
1. Donate any amount using the “Donate” button on this page OR if you want to donate directly to the family using paypal, use this link – http://savekumudu.org/
Donations collected through gofundme.com will be transferred to Kumudu’s wife’s bank account in mid-February.
2.Share this page with as many people as possible. A short email or social media share can help channel much needed funds to the Wickramasinghe family.
This page has been created by STEMM (Sri Lanka Towards Expanding Marrow Matches), an organization working to establish a stem cell registry in Sri Lanka. STEMM has been in close contact with Kumudu since July 2018, when he first reached out to Dr. Pathmarajah, a member of our team. Visit https://www.visionsglobalempowerment.org/stemm to learn more about STEMM.