“Bhagwat has been so courageous to go through this. The fact that he’s smiling right now just shows his strength. Right now, due to chemo, he’s extremely weak. Bhagwat’s condition was so terrible that he couldn’t walk at all. He was so weak that I had to carry him on his back every time we had to go to the hospital and other clinics. He loves going to school and he couldn’t give his 6th grade final exams. He’s very sad that his friends are moving on and he’s left behind. He wants to go home, but how to tell him that he doesn’t have long.” – Rajesh
After undergoing 8 months of intense chemotherapy, 12-year-old Bhagwat is still far from recovered. In fact, his condition is so critical that in order to survive he needs an urgent bone marrow transplant within the next 2 weeks. His father, Rajesh, is a farmer who earns around Rs. 150/day but he hasn’t been able to work for 8 months after moving to Mumbai for Bhagwat’s treatment. He is drowning in debt.
They are already drowning in debt
“In November 2018, when we were in our village – which is 200 km from Jabalpur – he fell sick all of a sudden. His heart was racing, he had fever and he looked very pale. We came to Mumbai immediately. In December-January, he couldn’t even get out of bed and I was horrified and I was sure he wouldn’t survive.” - Sunita
Sunita and Rajesh rushed Bhagwat to Mumbai by train which cost them Rs. 9000, which is what Rajesh earns in 3 months of hard labor. They are already drowning in a debt of Rs. 4 lakhs now. Bhagwat’s hemoglobin count was around 3, which is way below normal. He is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia which is a dangerous form of blood cancer. Apart from weakness, Bhagwat has experienced high fevers and burning mouth ulcers. Due to chemo, he would just vomit everything he ate and he lost 6 kgs in just a few months.
Bhagwat and his parents have no help in Mumbai
“In the first 3 months, Bhagwat needed 13 blood and 4 platelet transfusions and they were so expensive. Now, after his chemo, we don’t even know where we’re going to stay from tomorrow. We have no money and no help in Mumbai. Bhagwat needs to be in a clean room, we can’t live on the streets! We have no savings, where are we supposed to go? We don’t even eat much and there is just so much stress. ” – Sunita
To make things worse, not only does Bhagwat need to undergo a bone marrow transplant immediately but Sunita also needs to take care of her 13-year-old daughter, Kashish, who’s the donor. Even if they’re able to get the transplant done, the family needs to be in Mumbai for 5 more months. They have absolutely no savings and are helpless.
Rajesh, a farmer, needs help to save Bhagwat12-year-old Bhagwat and his parents have gone through very tough times. They haven’t been home for 8 months. Rajesh is a farmer who earns just around Rs. 150 a day and back at home, he still has to provide for his 3 daughters and his old parents. He’s hasn’t been able to work for 8 months, and even the rest of his family barely eats.
Bhagwat can’t survive without an urgent bone marrow transplant which costs Rs. 20 lakhs and his parents are slowly losing all hope. The desperately need your help to save their son.