“I don’t even have money to feed my 1-year-old daughter more than once a day. My wife’s tumor has left her unable to breastfeed our daughter and this is depressing for any mother. How can I save my wife when I have nothing to feed our family?” – Kartick, Chumki’s husband
Chumki and Kartick at the hospital
Due to the lack of money and resources, Chumki is at high risk of lung failure and losing a leg to a dangerous tumor. Chumki lost the functionality of one of her lungs due to a previous surgery, but the tumor has sprung up again and is slowly taking her life. Her husband, who is a poor farmer living in deplorable circumstances, is finding it extremely difficult to save his wife.
Chumki’s tumor returned and was worse than beforeChumki was diagnosed with a cancerous giant-cell tumor (GCT) on her knee over 4 years ago. She was in so much pain that every step would take the life out of her legs. She underwent a surgery at that time, which was thought to be the end of the tumor.
“It would still hurt when she’d walk but we thought that it’s normal to feel pain after a surgery. In August 2017, her chest started hurting and after several X-rays, MRIs and PET scans, we found out that the tumor on her knee was not only worse than before but it had also spread to her lungs.” – Kartick
Chumki’s condition had worsened quickly and she couldn’t breathe normally because of the cancerous tumor on top of her lung. If untreated, this tumor would destroy her lungs and kill her. She was so critical that she had to be admitted immediately.
Chumki lost one of her lungs to the tumorAs a life-saving measure, the tumor, along with a major chunk of one of Chumki’s lungs had to be cut off. Since September 2017, Chumki has been barely surviving on just one lung.
“The operation on her lungs and her leg needed to happen at the same time. But there was no way I could afford both, so the doctors removed the tumor on her lungs since that was deadlier than the other. I sold all the jewelry we received during our marriage and all the goats and buffalos we owned. Now we are left with nothing.” – Kartick
Chumki is unable to walk due to a sharp painChumki’s tumor in her leg is getting worse every single day. Like before, this tumor has extremely high chances of spreading quickly to the functioning lung, which would be fatal. If her tumor isn’t removed in time, her entire leg could be amputated.
“During her operation in September, the doctor said that her leg would need to be treated within a month. It’s already April and there has been no progress. Now, her leg hurts so bad that she can’t walk even if I’m supporting her.” – Kartick
Chumki can’t breastfeed her daughter and Kartick has no money for foodKartick is a farmer in rural West Bengal and earns a meager sum of Rs. 4500 every month. Due to the cancerous tumor, Chumki had been advised not to breastfeed her 1-year-old daughter, Bidisha.
“She cries every day because of this. Any mother would be devastated. Chumki barely eats anything herself and Bidisha has become so thin. I have spent everything I had and now, I don’t even have money to buy flour for roti. I just eat once a day and since August, I’ve been so hungry every day that now I don’t even feel the hunger.” – Kartick
Kartick, Chumki, and their daughter Bidisha
Kartick loses sleep over his family's poor condition
“My mother has a kidney stone too and it is hurting her every day. I don’t know what to do. Should I help my mom or my wife? Who will look after my daughter? I can’t lose my wife. It feels like every drop of happiness has been removed from my family.” - KartickTo get Chumki’s tumor removed once and for all, Kartick is in dire need of Rs. 4 lakhs. He has spent over Rs. 1.5 lakhs on the previous operation after selling everything he owned. He needs your support so that his daughter has a mother for the rest of her life.
How you can help23-year-old Chumki has already lost one of her lungs to a dangerous tumor. The tumor is still growing inside her leg and is slowly killing her. Kartick, a poor farmer, doesn’t even have money to feed his family more than once a day and is running out of time to save his wife.
Your support will save Chumki and will ensure that his daughter has a mother for the rest of her life.