“He had severe cramps and started vomiting. We all thought it was a stomach infection. The diagnosis shocked us all.”
Last month, 62-year-old Bedbyas fell sick with severe cramps and started vomiting frequently. His family members took him to a doctor, who prescribed medication for a gastric inflammation. But instead of recovering, his condition worsened. This time he was taken to a hospital, where the doctors advised him to get a biopsy done. The test results shocked them all. Bedbyas had pancreatic cancer.
Bedbyas needs treatment to recover
A well-lived life took a sour turnBedbyas Badi had a fairly normal life until recently. He was just like any other man in his 60s - content with his job and family. Life for him and his family was thrown off balance due to cancer. Bedbyas is in a lot of pain and discomfort and sometimes he can’t keep his food down and throws up everything he eats. Doctors at the hospital say that his cancer is still in the first stage and can be treated with surgery. But the surgery needs to be done at the earliest to alleviate his pain.
Bedbyas has two daughters, both of whom are pursuing their higher education. Bedbyas had bright hopes and plans for their future and now cancer makes him worried that he might not even live to see them prosper. Being bedridden makes him feel weak and embarrassed, and he can’t wait to be up on his own two feet again. Since January this year, most of his time has been spent going around hospitals and getting all tests done. He wants to feel normal again, free of cancer but the biggest hindrance in his treatment is the lack of funds.
They spent all their money towards their daughters' education and now there is nothing left
“Their lives have always been about education. They’ve worked as teachers all their lives and have spent all their savings towards their childrens' education. It’s such an irony that there’s no money left now for his own treatment. He deserves better.”
Both Bedbyas and his wife work as high school teachers for a minimum wage. Realising the need for good education in life, they had made sure their daughters get access to it. All their life, they had saved money for their daughters’ education and now at the time of dire need, there’s nothing left in their savings. So far, they’ve spent over Rs 4 lakhs towards his treatment, by borrowing money from friends and relatives. But now, all their reserves have run dry and there’s no more money left for his treatment.