Episode 20

Published on:

16th Oct 2021

True Fear, New Perspectives

For two years, we have shared the amazing story of Sanath, Ramya, and their baby son Raghav. They have started a non-profit, held a scientific conference, raised funds, started an experimental drug, and even commissioned research to screen over 4000 compounds for potential use. And they have learned how to manage Raghav’s daily routine.

All that changed in August. It was a normal day, maybe even a better morning than most. Raghav was taking a nap when they noticed something was wrong.

Something was very wrong.

Raghav was turning blue.

And real fear entered their lives for the first time. This fear has changed their perspective and once again shifted their priorities.

We have now completed our second season of Raising Rare. Given the changes in Raghav’s condition and in the life of Sanath and Ramya, we are going to take a break until January.

Please send us feedback about what you want to hear on Raising Rare to Podcast@SalemOaks.com

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About the Podcast

Raising Rare
Imagine the excitement of becoming a new parent and then within hours finding out your child has a serious developmental disorder.

That is exactly where Sanath Kumar Ramesh found himself in the summer of 2018. One year later, on his son’s first birthday, they found out that their son, Raghav, had an extremely rare mutation of the GPX4 gene. At the time, doctors told them that Raghav may be the only one on the planet with this genetic variant who had lived beyond one month of life. The prognosis is completely unknown.

They were alone.

They were scared.

And then they went into action.

And now they want to share their story.

Every couple of weeks Raising Rare will give you an update on baby Raghav as he grows up. We will also share how Sanath and his wife Ramya are driving toward a treatment for their son. We will explore the science that Sanath is initiating, their efforts to fund that research, and the people they meet along the way. We will also hear how the family adjusts to challenges and changes that they are faced with. Most importantly, we will share the wisdom they gain along the way so that other Rare Parents can learn from their steps and missteps.

We don’t know where this story will go. We do know we want you to join us for the journey.
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About your hosts

Sanath Kumar Ramesh

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Kevin Freiert

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