Venkatesh is diagnosed with blood cancerVenkatesh is just 27 years old. He hardly had any health issues. He was a healthy and hardworking person. A month ago, he got a high fever, he thought he just needs a rest and it would settle down in few days. As days passed by his condition became worse, he was not able to even get up from the bed. His temperature was too high and he was taken to a hospital.
Shilpa, his wife and he thought it must be a viral infection. A series of tests were taken. When the doctors asked them to sit down they knew a bad news was coming but nothing could have prepared them to hear those dreaded words. They were devastated beyond words when doctors said that he has blood cancer.
Venkatesh with his sister Lakshmi
Venkatesh fears about leaving his family all alone
"I did not fear about death, I feared to leave my children and wife alone. How can I do that? what will happen to my children? I was so broken and I did not know what to say to my wife. I had never seen her crying so badly. We were lost completely." - Venkatesh.Venkatesh lives on the outskirts of Bangalore. It was a very tough decision for Shilpa to remain at home while Venkatesh's sister accompanied him to the hospital in Bangalore for treatment. Shilpa is forced to stay at home because she cannot take her 2-year-old daughter Thanmai to the hospital. She does not stay with anyone but her mother. Her 5-year-old son Keshav is going to school.
Venkatesh with his wife Shilpa and his children
Venkatesh is now undergoing blood transfusions every dayVenkatesh's family is left in despair. His mother and sister are worried, children are confused about the absence of their father, Shilpa is struggling to come to terms with the reality. He is undergoing blood transfusion every day. The painful journey has just begun and it has already taken all their hope and happiness.
"I don't know how my wife is managing the situation, how can she say it to my son? I should have been taking care of my family but they are all around me now, crying and fighting hard to save me. I can't bear this. I dread at the thoughts of the impact of the chemotherapy. How will my daughter recognize me? I don't even know if my body can endure the pain but I have to. I have to live for my children. I can't leave them helplessly." - Venkatesh.
Venkatesh's sister is taking care at the hospitalVenkatesh's sister Lakshmi is taking care of him. She is trying hard to be strong and support her brother but she breaks into tears seeing the pain he is undergoing. Venkatesh is the pillar of his family, everyone dreads at the thought of their family and lives falling apart.
Venkatesh needs chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantVenkatesh needs chemotherapy for 6 months and a bone marrow transplant to survive. He will not survive if the treatment is not given at the right time. He may have to quit the treatment because they do not have enough money. What worse can happen than this? They tried to pull out everything they had and it counts only to few thousands. They are struggling to make the ends meet.
Venkatesh's family cannot afford the treatment
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