Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Qutub Minar turned red on Monday night and will be lit up with red lights on Tuesday night as well to raise awareness about an inherited bleeding disorder called haemophilia. Haemophilia is a genetic disease where the body’s ability to make blood clots is impaired. For people with mild and moderate haemophilia, blood does not clot automatically when they get injured or even during a surgery leading to excessive bleeding.
For people with severe cases of haemophilia, the absence of clotting factor means that they can start bleeding spontaneously from their joints, muscles or other body parts. The only treatment is to give the missing clotting factor to the patients, which can be extremely expensive. Cost of treatment can range from 20,000 to more than a couple of lakhs a year, depending on the age, weight and the kind of lifestyle of the patient.