“Her cancer is very dangerous and aggressive. It can spread from her right eye to the rest of her body in no time if she doesn’t get chemotherapy. It can not only blind her, but kill her if we are forced to stop her treatment.” – Umashree, mother
I fear the day she wakes up and won’t be able to see anythingSanidhya was a happy baby before she fell sick. She would go to anyone that would talk to her, and everyone in her neighbourhood loves her. One week ago, this cheerful 9-month-old’s life changed.
“I noticed that the colour of her right eye had changed. It was like a glare and it remained as is for days. We took her to 3 hospitals nearby, and they all asked us to take her to Bangalore.”
One week ago, Umashree and Lokesh found out that their baby girl has eye cancer and they had to start treatment immediately. Sanidhya’s chemotherapy has begun, but her parents now fear that their 9-month-old will slowly lose her vision if they can’t afford to continue it.
Every day they worry that they will have to stop her treatmentLokesh works as a driver in Kodagu on a contract basis. When there is work, he earns Rs. 7000 per month. Umashree used to work as a primary school teacher, but quit when Sanidhya was born. They have already borrowed from their relatives to start her treatment.
“My husband has now gone back to our hometown to try and arrange for money. I can’t leave her alone for even a minute, she’s terrified now. Every day I call my husband to find out if he’s found a way to continue her treatment.”
However, the answer is always a no – they are helpless. Sanidhya needs at least 4 more rounds of chemotherapy.