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10-Year-Old Doesn't Know That Cancer Will Kill Her Without Treatment
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10-year-old Sirsha still doesn’t know why she has to stay away from her father and sister and why she has to undergo painful injections. She keeps asking her father, Santanu, but he can’t tell her the truth. He promises her that she will be fine soon, that the pain she is going through is only temporary.

Santanu doesn’t have the heart to tell her daughter that she is fighting cancer. He tries to be cheerful in front of her but often fails. He is under huge debts, he is afraid that he will not be able to continue his daughter’s treatment.  

No weakness, not even a fever - cancer didn’t give this family any warning

Sirsha has always been a healthy child. She hasn’t ever complained of pain or a simple fever. The little girl didn’t even notice when a lump started growing in her chest. Not until, Suranjana, her mother, saw it while helping her change her dress.

“She didn’t say it was paining, she hadn’t even noticed it before. But I found the lump very suspicious. But when the doctors told us there was nothing to worry we were relieved. However, the medicines didn’t seem to work. That’s when we decided to take her to Mumbai,” - Suranjana, mother.

Their worst fears came true here. Their daughter was diagnosed with lymphoma - a cancer of the lymphatic system. The infection-fighting cells in her body are changing and growing out of control, she needs treatment.

There is hope for this 10-year-old

Santanu and Suranjana haven’t told their daughter that she has cancer - they don’t want to frighten her. The 10-year-old knows that she will be fine soon. She tries and keeps up with her studies - Santanu helps her. When she sees her parents upset , she tries to cheer them up. She doesn’t know why they break into tears so often.


“The doctors have told us that Sirsha is responding to the treatment, she is getting better. This is the only good news amidst everything that is happening to us. With continued treatment, my daughter can go home all cured. But I am worried that I won’t be able to continue the treatment,” - Santanu, father.

Between his job and his daughter - Santanu has a tough choice to make

A medical representative by profession, Santanu was living a happy life with his two daughters and wife in Durgapur. But their life turned upside down when Sirsha was diagnosed with cancer in February. Since then, Santanu has been doing everything in his power to save his daughter.  He has borrowed from friends and relatives and has somehow managed to start her treatment.


“I have already spent over 5 lakhs and I need 10 more lakhs. My wife and child stay in Kolkata while I am here in Durgapur, working and looking after my younger daughter. I can’t be with Sirsha because missing a day’s work means we won’t be able to afford her daily medicines. It’s horrible to be in a position like this for anyone, but more so when you’re a parent,” - Santanu.

This 10-year-old is fighting deadly cancer but she has hope of getting better. Her father is running from pillar to post to save her but nothing is enough. With your help, Sirsha can overcome this disease 

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