This 4-Year-Old Has Lost His Childhood To Blood Cancer

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“Every day is a battle for my baby. The only cure for my son’s cancer now is a bone marrow transplant. We live in constant fear of losing him. He hasn’t known a childhood without pain, and now he might lose his life.”

Kusuma hasn’t seen her 4-year-old son smile in months now. Dhanush has been living with blood cancer for two years and hasn’t spent a day without pain. Kusuma has watched her once active and energetic child turn completely weak and helpless because of cancer. Dhanush’s only chance to beat cancer is chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant.

The diagnosis that destroyed Dhanush’s childhood

Kusuma and Ashok were overjoyed by the birth of Dhanush. Their happiness doubled when their daughter Bhanushree was born two years later. They felt that their family was finally complete and were content with their small, happy family. Dhanush was preparing to start school, and everything seemed to be going right for them when suddenly, tragedy befell their happy world.

“My baby was diagnosed with blood cancer. I was so scared that he wouldn’t make it, and only negative thoughts occupied my mind. I never thought he would go through so much at such a young age. It has changed him completely."

It all began when Dhanush started falling sick. Kusuma noticed a lump on his neck and took him to the doctor. Dhanush had numerous blood tests before he was diagnosed with blood cancer. He underwent chemotherapy for 6 months, and Kusuma took her little one home with the hope that he will soon be back to the playful child he was. Unfortunately, Dhanush’s cancer relapsed. The only treatment for him now is a bone marrow transplant at the earliest.

Despite their best efforts, Dhanush's parents are struggling to save him

Kusuma and Ashok have already spent nearly 8 lakhs on their son’s treatment. Ashok is a construction worker in their hometown in Bantakal, Karnataka, and can visit Dhanush very rarely. Their 2-year-old daughter has been left in the care of Kusuma’s sister, while Kusuma stays in the hospital with Dhanush in Bangalore.

“My husband calls me every day asking about Dhanush. He can’t be here with us because he needs to work, and we have no other source of income. We’re struggling to get by. My daughter cries every day because she’s not with us. We are emotionally and financially drained right now.”

Ashok doesn’t have the funds to pay 20 lakhs for Dhanush’s chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. They have sold all their jewellery and borrowed from friends and family to pay for his treatment so far. Ashok’s earnings of Rs. 350 per day isn’t enough to pay for his son’s treatment.

All Kusuma longs for is for her son to have a normal childhood. She hopes that one day their family can be together again, and Dhanush will grow up to be healthy.

“He barely talks anymore, but when he does, he looks at me with tears in his eyes asking when we can go home again. I don’t know what to say to him in those times. Without funds, we will be forced to stop treatment. We can’t borrow from family members anymore because they also don’t have much themselves. I hope and pray that we get help soon and my son lives a life free of misery.”

How You Can Help
Dhanush needs chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant at the earliest to beat blood cancer. This is his second battle with cancer, and Kusuma is determined to not let the disease take the light of her life away from her. However, her hands are tied. She and Ashok have no means to pay for his treatment anymore. Dhanush needs 20 lakhs to live.

Your support will ensure that Dhanush goes back home healthy.
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