‘We cannot afford to fall sick, even if it a viral infection'It is hard for Raj and Bharati to come to terms with the fact that their son has cancer. They still feel as if it was yesterday when Arav had a fever that would not subside. They were anxious while they went to the doctor - partly because they were afraid they could not afford medicines.
"We were careful about the food we eat, where we go, and avoid getting sick. When you don't have much money, and getting sick costs so much, you have no choice. Tests showed that my son has cancer. I don't know how anyone can avoid that." - Raj, father.
'There cannot be a pause nor a delay in his treatment'Neuroblastoma starts from one of the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys. Arav's condition will get worse with time. It could spread to the rest of his body. He has already begun complaining of stomach ache and leg pain, which is an indicator. The family had to get started with chemotherapy soon after diagnosis.
“The chemo makes him weak and nauseous. But the doctors have told us that this chemotherapy along with radiotherapy will destroy the cancer cells in his body. It is like taking out the weeds so healthy plants can grow.” - Raj, father.
'It broke him when his hair began falling'Arav’s head is shaved now as he got upset seeing hair on his pillow every morning. He enjoys playing a toy guitar with his elder sister and is always chirpy. Raj and Bharati were terrified to know that their son would not be cured by the usual chemotherapy. He needs a stem-cell transplant. In his case, the doctors can use his own stem cells.
"I am going to be like Logan! When they finish the treatment, I'll be Wolverine! It was paining for him also but when he woke up, he was a superhero!" - Arav
Be Arav's secret weaponRaj is a contractor who has been on indefinite leave since his son fell sick. No pay does not bode well for the family of four, especially since they emptied their savings.
"With help from some NGOs and my savings, I have spent about Rs 1.5 lakhs. But I still need Rs 10 lakhs for the transplant. Any delay in treatment can give cancer a chance to spread more and kill my son." - RajA child's will plays an important role in the success of a treatment. Arav believes he is a superhero. He loves life, and even though he has a terrible form of cancer, treatment can cure him. All he needs is your help.
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