Charvik before he was diagnosed with cancer
Baby Charvik’s birthday is in a few days, but there will be no celebrations
“If I could describe my son in one word, it would be ‘hyperactive’. He talks to anyone that comes to him and somehow convinces them to play with him. It’s his smile, I think. His older sister and he used to play so much together. He wants to do the same now, but he’s too weak. His birthday is this month, I don’t think we can even take him home then.” – Michael, father
Baby Charvik turns 3 on 21st December, and unlike last year, they won’t be able to get him a cake or balloons that his sister and he will play with. Charvik is now weak and in pain all the time. His bright smile has vanished. He has started chemotherapy, but he needs to continue it for the next 6 months to beat the disease. Michael, an auto driver, earns around Rs. 500 per day but has never been able to save much. In the past few weeks, he hasn't even been able to go for work. He has no means to continue his baby's treatment.
With no family support, his parents are strugglingMichael and Savitha have faced many adversities together. Although they longed for the families' support, and for years tried to get them to accept their marriage, they knew that they had to be each other’s strengths. Charvik’s illness is more painful than anything that they’ve ever been through, and now more than ever, they wish they had their family's support.
“Her parents are no more, and mine still haven’t accepted our marriage. I think any situation is made slightly easier when you know that you have someone to lean on. We can’t leave Charvik alone even for a minute. While Savitha stays with him, I run around the hospital to pays bills, get his test results. I haven’t been able to work these past few days. We have to manage everything on our own” - Michael