“My baby has been suffering since she was a year old. Now, at an age where she is supposed to enjoy eating chocolates and ice cream, she is getting medicines and injections. I have never seen her smile properly. Her pain does not let her.” - Nimisha, mother of Nila.
3-year-old Nila was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. ALL is characterised by an overproduction of immature white blood cells. It is a rapidly progressing cancer where patients can become easily susceptible to anaemia, recurrent infections, and bruising and bleeding.
In Nila’s case, she is not able to walk at all due to pain in her limbs. Even if she tries, she falls. All she can do is cry while her helpless parents look on. They try to focus her attention on toys or the TV, but the little child is painfully aware of her pathetic condition. She knows she is not like the kids she sees in the hospital – who have hair on their heads, can walk and run, and are not bedridden – unlike her.
She is so critical that she has been admitted to the ICU twice nowAfter being diagnosed at the age of 1, Nila underwent chemotherapy for a couple of months and the treatment worked. When it looked like she was getting better, her cancer returned with a vengeance. Now, her blood levels drop frequently and her body shuts down. In the last two months, she has been admitted to the ICU twice, as a result.
“We thought we had lost her. But God brought her back every time. According to doctors, her condition is beyond critical now and she needs a bone marrow transplant, or she will not survive.” - Sajeesh, father.
‘I don’t have anything left; I cannot lose my daughter too’Nila’s father Sajeesh is a painter, while her mother Nimisha is a housewife. When he learnt that he was going to become a father, Sajeesh had started saving money more regularly even if he only received a few hundred rupees in daily wages. He wanted to provide the best of everything for his child. But all the funds that he had saved up for her future was spent on her cancer treatment that she has been undergoing or over two years now. He has nothing left, except hope.
“I cannot go to work, these days. My daughter needs me now more than ever. I am on the verge of losing her because I haven’t been able to arrange any money for her transplant. Please help me.” - Sajeesh
Sajeesh and Nimisha want to save their daughter at any cost. Your contribution can help them, and give Nila a new lease of life