9-year-old musical genius battles paralysis to attempt to raise money for lifesaving surgery
By the time he was four years old, Caesar Sant could play the Western classical masters Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky on the violin. He also knew six languages and could do advanced math.
When he was five years old, he had his first stroke. Caesar had been diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth.
Caeser is regarded as among the world's best young violinists
He needs an expensive bone marrow transplant that will help cure his sickle cell disease, a condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. It can also block blood flow to the brain causing a stroke.
By the time Caesar had his second stroke, only 20% of his blood cells were healthy. In total, he had three debilitating strokes. The last one nearly killed him.
In 2014, he was paralysed by a stroke and he was unable to speak or move for a week. There was also worry that the damage may be permanent. After six months he learned how to walk again. He also had to learn how to play the violin again and soon he was called one of the best young violinists in the world.
After his mother had a second baby, they selected an embryo that was an exact bone marrow match for Caesar. Now his baby sister Helen can donate and save his life but the transplant costs a lot of money and his parents cannot afford it.
A Go Fund Me page has raised nearly $44,000, but he needs half a million dollars and that could take years. Something Caesar doesn’t have.