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Virat, Anushka donate to raise ₹16cr for world’s most expensive drug to save kid’s life

By Priyanka Verma 
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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have once again stepped up to help raise funds to save the life of a child suffering from spinal muscular atrophy (SPA), a rare genetic disorder. A little kid named Ayansh Gupta needed the world’s most expensive medicine – Zolgensma worth Rs 16 crore to beat the disease.

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Aayansh’s parents had sought help on social media to raise money for their ailing child. They created a Twitter account named ‘AyaanshFightsSMA’ for his treatment and saw a number of celebrities including Kohli and Anushka support them to buy Zolgensma. On Sunday, the parents informed on Twitter that they successfully managed to get the medicine for Aayansh.

“Never thought that this arduous journey we set on to #saveayaanshgupta would culminate this beautifully. Happy to announce tht we have reachd ₹16 Cr. needed to get #Zolgensma for #Ayaansh. A big thank you to every person who supported us. This is your victory,” they tweeted from the account.

The couple then went on to thank both Kohli and Anushka for supporting the fund-raiser for their child’s treatment. While they didn’t disclose the amount donated by the star couple, they expressed gratitude towards Kohli and Anushka for saving their son’s life.

“@imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma – we always loved you as fans. But what you have done for Ayaansh and this campaign is beyond what we expected. Thanks for your generosity. You helped us win this match of life with a six! Will always be indebted for your help to #saveayaanshgupta,” read a tweet from the account.

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Apart from Kohli and Anushka, several other celebrities like Sara Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, and Rajkumar Rao among others also came to the aid of Aayansh’s parents to help them save the life of their son.

Earlier, Kohli and Anushka had donated Rs 2 crore to their COVID-19 fund-raiser named ‘In This Together’. The campaign managed to generate funds over Rs 11 crore which were used to procure oxygen cylinders and important drugs for the hospitals facing a shortage across the nation.

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