Tofazzal Hossain, a resident of Meherpur, had recently appealed to the local deputy commissioner to euthanise his two sons Sabur, 24, Raihan, 13, and his grandson Saurav, 8, who are suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Euthanasia is a highly controversial concept in the world, with various countries permitting it while many other condemn it.
The affliction has no known cure, and blocks protein production to form healthy muscles in the body. Gradually, all the muscles in the body waste away and cease to function, leading to a slow death.
It is a genetically inherited condition, predominant among the male. The average life expectancy of a person with Duchenne muscular dystrophy is 24 years.
A Bangladeshi community in China, under the banner of Shenzhen Community – provided a cheque of Tk1lakh to Tofazzal on Monday in the BDNews24 office in Dhaka.
Kashem Murad, spokesperson for the community, told the Dhaka Tribune that he has contacted various hospitals in China and Hong Kong for better medical facilities.
The Neurogen Brain and Spine Institute in Mumbai have reached out to Tofazzal as well, expressing their interest in treating the three patients.
In a January 19 letter to the DC, Tofazzal elaborated his travesty – how he lost his means of livelihood and every scrap of property to keep up with the medical costs.
He had pleaded to euthanise them, to spare the family the growing trauma of watching the three slowly waste away, and dragging their family into extreme poverty.
The National Institute of Homoeopathy in India had offered Tofazzal a long-term treatment plan which they claimed could possible cure the condition.
Tofazzal has no means of income, having sold everything in his possession. His wife is also mentally challenged, which has aggravated things considerably.