Akash tries to stay positive even in pain
Akash was studying for his final exams in May when he suddenly complained of severe pain in his hip. In two days, the right side of his hip had swollen up. Even then, I never thought it would be something as serious and fatal as cancer. We took him to the doctor to get a few tests done. The moment the doctor said the word ‘cancer’, I didn’t know what to say, I was so shocked. I looked at him and saw that instead of breaking down, he stayed calm and collected. I started crying uncontrollably. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. They told us he had a tumour in his pelvic bone. The only cure for him is an urgent surgery and chemotherapy.
Every day that he goes without surgery, the tumour is only getting more aggressive. There was no time to waste, so he started chemotherapy immediately. He’s completed 5 cycles so far. He’s getting closer to the date of his surgery, but if we can’t arrange the funds required, he won’t be able to go through with it. With each passing day, our worries are only increasing.
Akash with his cousin
Akash has been so strong through all this. Cancer might have made his body weak, but it hasn’t broken his spirit. He’s always motivating himself. Whenever he feels a little low, he starts listening to his favourite music or watches a movie. I know he’s in unbearable pain, but he smiles through it to not worry us.
We’re really blessed to have such a strong, caring and responsible son. I have been suffering from a kidney problem for a few years now, and Akash has always made sure to take care of me. I wish I could carry this pain for him. He’s too young, he has too many hopes and dreams. It’s all come crashing down because of cancer. If he doesn’t get the surgery soon, the tumour will quickly spread to the rest of his body. There will be no way for me to save my son then. As a mother, that's my greatest fear.
Akash needs to have the surgery to remove the tumour in his pelvic bone before it spreads to the rest of his body. This is his only chance to be saved. The doctors say that he needs to have the surgery this month, but he needs 4.5 lakhs for it. My husband has a small grocery shop in Calcutta. Between my medicines and Akash’s treatment, he has exhausted his savings.
Akash’s weekly medical bills are much more than what he earns in a month. How can we afford to pay for his surgery? I don’t think we can ever forgive ourselves if we lose our son because of our financial condition. He’s been very brave and made it so far, we can’t let him down.
How You Can HelpAkash’s tumour in his pelvic bone will spread to the rest of his body if his surgery is delayed any longer. The surgery will him a good chance at recovery, but his parents don’t have the means to help their son live. Akash needs the surgery as early as 28 March, without which, he won’t make it.
Your support will save Akash’s life.