The parents were unable to understand what was wrong with their daughter whose health seemed to deteriorate every day3-year-old Nazira had been undergoing blood transfusions for almost a year now for low platelet count. But a few months back Sanarul noticed that she is not getting any better even with those blood transfusions. She was getting weaker and started having a fever. The parents got worried and took her to the doctor. After multiple tests, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is a form of cancer that affects the white blood cells. It occurs in the bone marrow and can quickly spread to the blood.
“She used to be such a chirpy little girl - always running about the house, playing with her siblings. As I looked at my children playing in the courtyard of our house, I felt I had no worries in this world. Looking at them at that moment I knew that I would do anything to protect them. Now Nazira is battling with death and I feel helpless as a father when I can’t afford the treatment she needs.”
Little Nazira is scared of staying in the hospital and wants to go to her family back at homeCancer has struck a severe blow to Nazira. She is weak and complains of a severe pain in her stomach. She is unable to eat and is no longer her happy self. Nazira has almost stopped talking, even to her mother. The only time she opens her mouth is to complain about her discomfort or when she misses her home.
An old pic of Nazira
“Every time the doctors come in to check on her, she gets very scared. She holds onto her mother and doesn’t allow any one of us to leave her side. Tears well up as I see her like this but I try to smile and give her the strength that she needs right now.”
Sleeping on the floors of the hospital and skipping his meals, Sanarul is worried if he will be able to get his daughter treatedFor the last one month, Sanarul and Sagorika are spending their nights on the cold hospital floors. They don’t have the money to buy food every day and often they have to skip their meals. Sanarul is a construction worker but for the past one year, he has been unemployed. He has borrowed about a lakh from the moneylenders at steep rates. He had even sold off his only piece of land to get started with Nazira's treatment. To get Nazira treated, he would need another Rs 5.5 lakhs. But the poor father knows that without external help, he would never be able to arrange for such a huge amount.
How you can help3-year-old Nazira is in the clutches of deadly blood cancer. She needs chemotherapy to get better but her unemployed father is in condition to continue her treatment. Your generous contribution can help bring a smile on little Nazira’s face and give her a chance to live a healthy life.
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