“It started in her nose, and within days, spread to her eyes and throat. She hasn’t been able to open her eyes in two months now. She couldn’t talk or eat anything. She’s only 8 kgs now. It’s the most heart-wrenching sight to watch her lying in bed, so weak and helpless. She looks nothing like she used to, she’s become so unrecognizable. Cancer has ravaged her and left her in terrible, terrible pain. Her happiness, her smile and every once of her energy is now gone.” – Anusha, mother
With her resilience and timely treatment, she’s slowly improvingThe tumour had grown so much, so quickly that Anusha and Vinay thought they would lose her. However, once they started her treatment with whatever little they had saved, they found hope again. With chemotherapy, Charitha is now slowly able to talk and drink liquids. She craves for chocolates and home food, and that’s all she ever asks for. She doesn’t understand what’s happening to her or why, in just a few days, her life completely changed.
Baby Charitha before she was diagnosed with cancer
“She was so active and cheerful, playing with everyone around our house. We were living such normal lives. We live in a small village and our days were mundane, but my husband and I never complained. We were happy, and Charitha’s smile was enough for us to forget our worries. Yes, we didn’t have much and our crops were not thriving, but we hoped for the best. No parent ever imagines that their child would go through something like this.” – Anusha
Fortunately, with her resilience and chemotherapy, she’s improving. There is hope for the little one. With continued chemotherapy, she can get better and fight this tumour.
But failed crops have left this family with a few hundreds to live on, her treatment is beyond their meansSix months into the year, and Vinay knew that he was in for a tough year. His crops were failing, and the lack of rain only made it worse. He barely earned anything, and instead of wallowing in his sorrow, he began to prepare for the next year. But for him, none of his struggles compared to what his daughter is now going through. His daughter’s diagnosis left him devastated. He didn’t know how he would even start her treatment.
“We had saved a little bit for her education, we started her treatment with that. I’ve hardly earned around 15,000 this whole year. I can’t imagine arranging 9 lakhs for her treatment. My only wish is that my daughter is cured, I pray that she opens her eyes soon.” – Vinay