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Tea Seller Will Lose His Only Child To Cancer Without Treatment
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    Santanu Barua

    from Kolkata, West Bengal

“If you look at my Santanu, you won’t be able to tell that he has cancer. He looks healthy, his smile will win over your hearts in minutes. But this deadly disease is killing my son. If I can’t afford his treatment for the next 6 months, my son will die. Santanu is just 5, he doesn’t know any of this. I have not even told my wife, Bhabani, about how dangerous her son’s condition is. She won’t be able to bear that. I need to save my son before the worst happens,” - Tarun, father.

The fever, the paleness - they thought it was heat stroke

One month ago, Santanu suddenly fell sick. He had a high fever and was looking very pale. The parents took him to the doctors, thinking this was nothing more than a heat stroke.
“It was so hot then, we thought it was because of that. But when the doctors asked us to go for a blood test, we were suspicious. The results were even more shocking. The doctors told us that he has cancer. How was it even possible, he was doing fine just the other day.”

Unaware of everything, Santanu is just happy that his summer vacations have extended

Little Santanu has a severe form of blood cancer But he is unaware of his condition. He is just happy that his summer holidays have extended. He enjoys spending time with his mother, he is the closest to her. Tarun, Bhabani and Santanu have been staying in a lodge, near the hospital - he needs to go for his chemo every week, sometimes even twice.

The only time Santanu is scared is when he gets injections

“He keeps asking when he can go home, he misses his friends. But he says he is happy that he doesn’t have to go to school. I smile at him, what can I say? I fear that if I can’t continue his treatment he will never go back to school.

I am just a tea-seller - how will I afford my son’s treatment

Tarun has a small tea shop in Behala, Kolkata. He makes only Rs 200 on most days. Needless to say, he hardly has any savings. His entire family is dependent on him but Tarun doesn’t know how he will arrange for his son’s treatment.
“I have spent over a lakh in the last one month and he needs another six months of chemotherapy. It would cost me about 3 lakhs, the doctors said. It’s a lot but it’s the only way I can save my son’s life. I can’t do this alone, I need your help.”

Tarun is struggling to save his son from cancer. Santanu needs six more months of treatment, you can help him get better and go back home. 

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