Nibha Singh, a resident of Bangalore, is a working mom of a 4 year old baby boy named ATHERVA GARG, who has been diagnosed with 4th stage Neuroblastoma Cancer and is currently undergoing treatment in Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai & under the supervision of Oncologists for the last 5 months. And, this has taken every bit of peace, happiness and finances away from them. Both husband and wife belong to middle working class and are currently employed with IBM and Tata Coffee respectively. They have stood tall against this situation and are determined to fight this but financial requirement is one thing which seems to be suffocating by every passing day.
When A Swelled Up Neck Was Diagnosed As Stage 4 Of High Risk Cancer
They first came to know about this disease 7 months ago in the month of August 2016 when a swelling on their son’s neck was seen and immediately consulted their regular paediatrician. On the basis of few blood tests, Ultrasound & X-ray, he suggested to go for lymph node biopsy at Mahaveer Jain Hospital (BMJH), Bangalore. On 3rd of September Atherva went through Biopsy surgery & the report received on 8th of September showing positive signs of round cell tumour.
Oncologist at BHJH referred them to Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore. On 9thSeptember despite having commutation complications during Karnataka band, they somehow arranged to meet Dr. and started with several tests to reconfirm the damage and start with treatment. Again, depending on findings / test reports, they were told that Atherva was suffering from high risk neuroblastoma cancer -4th Stage on 15th of September and immediately suggested to rush to TATA Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. On 19th of September, they met the Oncologist and started with the treatment.
The initial plan of treatment (enclosed for your reference) was to give 8 high doses chemotherapy with periodic bone marrow assessment to trace the progress, surgery for removal of the tumour, Auto BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) and Radiotherapy along with immunotherapy.
TMH has referred them to go to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital (KDAH) for auto BMT under the guidance of Doctors (letter enclosed), the same was planned to happen on 20th January
Despite A 12 Day Hospitalisation, Poor Stem Cell Harvesting Delayed The Transplant
With God's grace and his will power, Atherva completed his chemotherapy successfully on time then he went through surgery on 31st December 2016. Now upon recovery and as specified by the doctor they took him to KDAH for his bone marrow transplant as scheduled. Unfortunately due to poor stem cell harvesting (part of the transplant procedure), after spending around 12 day, doctors have decided to give a break and again readmit him for transplant procedure to complete which is scheduled on 3rd of March 2017.
With Exhausted Insurance Limits And Multiple Loans, The Parents Are Financially Drained
While going through all these hardships, Nibha and her family have already spent around 11 lakhs on his treatment and now completely drained out with their financial capacity and capability. They have also exhausted the insurance limits and now loaded with several borrowings.
When they were searching for a donor for O+ is when I came to know of what the family was going through and learnt that the child needs funds for further treatment. An estimate of an immediate support of 19 Lakhs is calculated at their end.
We need to raise this fund on an urgent basis to accomplish their little baby’s treatment. And yet again I am asking you to step once more forward to contribute towards this family as you did earlier for Charles babies when I last reached out to you all. You can go through the campaign on Charles babies here
Another chance for you to be closer to God!
Ex Indian Army Officer