“After that, he started crying. He asked me why his own friends couldn’t recognize him, and if his infection is so bad that one day even I won’t be able to,” recalls Shobha. Ranjit is terrified, but the only thing that can save him is chemotherapy so that he can go back to the life he once knew.
Just when they thought their family had overcome the worst, cancer crept into their livesShobha and Prabhakar have come up the hard way. There were days when they couldn’t even afford a plate of rice for them and their older son. They decided that they would have another child only once they’ve saved enough to afford an education and a secure future. Prabhakar worked hard every day, and when they finally could afford a small rented house, they decided to have a child again.
“I never knew my parents. Ever since I was a baby, I was brought up by my grandmother. But I always knew that when I had kids of my own, I would be there for them and protect them from everything. When Ranjit was born, everything seemed to fall into place. We even managed to save some money. He was growing well. He was active and was happy going to school. But just when we thought we could finally be happy again, we found out he has blood cancer.” – Shobha
Loans and savings, all exhausted – this couple can’t save their son on their ownA few months ago, Ranjit had started Karate and Yoga classes in school. He came back home extremely happy, but he was tired on most days. Shobha thought he was exhausted because of school, but when his fever didn’t subside for 4 days, she was worried. Shortly after, Ranjit was diagnosed with blood cancer. He has started chemotherapy, but he needs to continue it for the next 6 months to be completely cured. Unfortunately, Shobha and Prabhakar have exhausted their savings.
“I haven’t been able to go for work in three months now. My husband is the only earning member, and his salary isn’t enough to continue his treatment. We’ve also taken a loan of 6 lakhs, but all of that has been spent already.” - Shobha