Little Monish has Medulloblastoma, a cancerous tumour that starts in the brain. The tumor has now spread to his spinal cord and he needs chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant to fight it for good.
There was no stopping Monish, until cancer crept into his lifeMonish was always an active boy. Whether it was his endless tales of the ‘little prince’ who slew a big, bad monster, or him cycling around the neighborhood with his friends, there was no stopping him. Shruti and Nataraj were always on their toes with him in the house. However, two years ago he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his brain after there was swelling in his left eye.
“I was dropping him to school on my bike one day, and when he was climbing off, he fell and said his head was spinning,” says Nataraj recalling the beginning of the darkest days of their lives. “He underwent surgery and thought it was the end of his fight. But now he can’t see from his left eye. I’m scared to think of what might happen if we can’t continue treatment.”
His mother can't be with him in the hospital, his father hasn't been able to go to workNow that Monish is in a hospital in Bangalore, Nataraj hasn’t been able to work. Shruti is back in their hometown with their 9-month-old baby girl and calls him every day to find out if they've found a way to afford the treatment. Nataraj often doesn’t know what to say to her. Unfortunately, the lakhs needed for Monish’s treatment is a hurdle Nataraj and Shruti just can’t overcome on their own.
“When she came to Bangalore for a few days to be with Monish, she was so overwhelmed that she cried the whole time. I don’t want to let my family down. I wish there was some way I could make it all okay.”