It all started as fever that only worsened Diganth’s healthWith his birthday just a month away, Srinivasamurthy and Shobha were busy making plans for Diganth’s birthday celebrations in their tiny home in a village near Kolar, Karnataka. But Diganth started having fever and he was given medicines to recover. But when his fever didn’t subside, his parents’ thought something wasn’t right and they took him to Bangalore, Karnataka for better consultation. After some tests, Diganth was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a severe form of cancer that affects the white blood cells and is progresses rapidly if not treated on time.
“It was one of the most hardest time of my life to watch my son undergo chemotherapy. He was in pain, but he was getting better. And after 6 months of the painful treatment he underwent, we thought he was free of cancer.” - Shobha, mother.
Diganth with his elder brother Dixit after he beat cancer for the first time
Parents’ worst fears came true - Diganth’s cancer relapsedDiganth could finally go back home and get back to his normal life after 8 months of grueling chemotherapy and medications. He even started going to school and loved to spend time with his elder brother Dixit (7). But 5 months later, Diganth’s health started worsening and his worried parents took him to the hospital. Poor parents were utterly devastated when they were told that Diganth’s cancer is back and it is even more aggressive than before. “We thought his fight with cancer was finally over. But it isn’t. Cancer has taken the joy out of my son’s life,” says Shobha as she tries to hold her tears.
Little Diganth has lost the smile on his face, ever since his cancer relapsed. His eyes have turned extremely red and he has black patches under his eyes because of his extremely low platelet count. Each day, he’s just growing weaker and every day cries in pain, unaware that cancer has come back to his life. Only a bone marrow transplant can help Diganth fight cancer for once again.