Besides being academically brilliant, Deepak is like fresh air. If you speak to Deepak or meet him away from his home, you will have no idea how much hardship he encounters every day. His enthusiasm and positivity is remarkable and contagious.
Deepak had been to a counselling session for admission to a medical college in June this year, where he sustained a minor injury. Following this, he developed a progressive swelling on his left foot, for which he was given symptomatic treatment and was sent to Delhi for an open biopsy. He was then taken to CMC (Vellore).
Doctors at CMC discovered that he has Stage IV A bone cancer (Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma)! It started at the ankle and then spread to his lungs and both kidneys. His spinal cord is affected because of collapse of T7 & T8. In the picture, you can see that he is using Taylor's Brace in order to support his spine.
We are a group of people who were sponsoring Deepak's education. Just when we thought Deepak was on his way to achieving his dream, this news hit us like a bolt. While the situation is very bleak, we're not ready to give up hope. Not so soon.
Deepak's father (Mr. Shiv Shambhu Dwivedi) is a Security Guard and earns about Rs 9500 a month--the only source of income for the family of four (Deepak has a younger brother). It is impossible for him to meet the expenses of the treatment on his own, but he is also a man of hope. "Main Deepak ke liye sab kuch karoonga," (I will do everything possible for Deepak), he says confidently.
Deepak says, "Mentally main strong hoon, bas yeh kharab lag raha hai ki ek year lose ho gaya," oblivious to the extent of damage the cancer is causing inside him.
The only hope for Deepak is to receive good and timely treatment. Obviously, this is going to be a long, tiring and very expensive journey. He will take the prescribed treatment at Ranchi and will be required to visit Vellore periodically.
This is an appeal to contribute generously. Your monetary contribution can help this bright kid fight cancer and live to follow his dream. Who knows, how many lives he might end up saving as a doctor. Your contribution will be used to meet's Deepak's medical and associated expenses. Those of you who believe in prayers, do pray for Deepak.