“I still don’t understand how does a disease which is killing my little daughter, be such a taboo? It’s strange that even the closest of my relatives, haven’t come forward to help us because they think the disease is a result of our misdeeds.”
The life of the little girl has changed drasticallyAnviksha was a happy child and barely cried since she was a baby. Now, she is so irritable because she is in so much pain. The parents are not able to take the pain the little one has to go through every day.
Since March 2018, Anviksha started having fevers. The parents took it to be an ordinary fever and gave her pills accordingly. What scared them was the fact that after every 5-10 days, the little girl’s fevers kept coming back.
She just started going to schoolMohanlal and Soram’s 5-year-old daughter Anviksha has recently started going to school. For the parents, it’s fun to see their little one get ready and enjoy going to school. Their 10-year-old daughter, Mamta is Anviksha’s guide to school. The parents enjoy every moment of their parenthood.
Mohanlal is a mechanic in a small shop in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Soram takes cares of the entire household and the kids. Even though he earns very less, he tries his best to take the best care of his small family.
“Before taking her for the blood tests, we thought of everything but cancer. Blood cancer didn’t even cross our minds. The test reports said exactly the same. A child who doesn’t even know what cancer means is affected by acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a severe blood cancer. I remember Soram sat for hours without a word. I was scared.”
In a short span, death has gripped this little girlIt’s been only 2 months and Anviksha’s health has deteriorated rapidly. She has stopped eating. She sleeps very less. She doesn’t do anything. She has lost 2.5 kgs in 2 months. All she does is cry all day because of her pain. Neither her parents nor her elder sister have been able to comfort her.
This mechanic is on the verge of losing his jobMohanlal has not been able to find any suitable treatment for his daughter in Udaipur. They have been in Bangalore for the past 1 month. He is the only earning member in the family of 4. Although his workplace has allowed him to take leave, he will lose his job. Mohanlal can’t return back anytime soon. His worst fear is that he will have to find a new job once he’s back.
“My little girl doesn’t even know what’s happening to her. She knows that she has to go to the hospital because her fevers keep coming back. What else can I tell her? She doesn’t even know what cancer is. Sometimes, I even have to lie to her that I will take her sightseeing and I land her in the hospital. I feel so guilty to do this every time. But otherwise, she refuses to go to the hospital. But she needs chemotherapy.”
The father never thought that he would need so much moneyMohanlal has never been able to make savings in his life. Working for a daily wage of less than Rs. 300/day, he finds it hard to add funds to the rainy day account. However, despite his condition, he ensured that his daughters (Mamta and Anviksha) get a decent education. Whatever he has left, a few hundred, is not enough to save his little girl from cancer.
"In difficult times, it is the closest relatives that a person turns to for help. For me, even that path is closed. Our relatives think blood cancer happens because of bad karma. They say we get what we deserve. My baby does not deserve cancer. Nobody does. This superstition is killing her."
How can you help?Mohanlal has already spent Rs. 1.5 Lakhs in the past 8 weeks. He has been begging family and friends for help, but in vain. Anviksha's cancer is very aggressive, and she needs chemotherapy to have a chance at beating the disease. If there is any more delay in her treatment, there will be no chance at the cure. Her treatment is estimated to cost Rs. 7 Lakhs. This mechanic appeals for your help.
Your support can save Anviksha.