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Help My 3-Year-Old Daughter, Varsha Fight Cancer

I am Somshekar.  I live with my wife, parents and 2 kids in Nandini Layout, Bangalore. My 3 year old daughter, Varsha was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma (an aggressive type of cancer) 3 months ago. She is getting treated at HCG hospital.  

It was the month of March. Varsha has week long fever, we thought it was the weather change. Like any other day, we had just finished lunch. The kids were being their usual self, running around, playing ball. Suddenly, Varsha screamed. I can’t explain why I got a sinking feeling in my chest; ‘this isn’t normal’, I told myself. I had never heard her scream like that before.

A ball had hit Varsha’s eye. We iced her eye immediately. But soon her eye got swollen. The following week, Varsha complained of severe back pain and refused to  walk. She had to be carried around. Soon the local doctor referred us to HCG for more tests. I knew Varsha needed a bigger hospital for the tests. But I had no idea HCG was a hospital for cancer. How can a ball injury cause so many problems?  Soon the tests revealed that Varsha had Neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer.

How can you help?

Today, Varsha needs 8 chemo cycles, radiation, a surgery in the near future all costing around 22 lakhs. The family has medical insurance through Employee’s State Insurance that will cover for the treatment worth 10 lakhs only. Though this comes as a huge relief for the family, Somashekar is still clueless how he will arrange for the remaining 12 lakhs.

Somashekar lost his leg in an accident 10 years ago. A florist by profession then, he was on the way delivering an early morning order when it costed him his leg; leaving him jobless since then. He has been doing odd jobs but none fetched him over Rs. 200 a day. His wife works in a garment factory in Peenya. Today the family of 6 survives on a single salary of Rs. 7000 a month. There is no way they can arrange for 12 lakhs. It is not easy for a parent to see his child fight complications this grave. Your support will save his 3 year old daughter. Please contribute now and help Somashekar

Supporting Documents

(Somashekar can speak only Kannada. The campaign was set up on his behalf per the phone conversation) 

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9th October 2016
Dear Supporters, 
Varsha's doctor, Dr. Rasmi shared the below note with us over an email with an update on Varsha's health.

"Just wanted to give the donors an update on Varsha. As you would know, she has high risk, stage 4 neuroblastoma. She has completed all 8 cycles of chemotherapy and has underwent surgery in her abdomen to remove the tumor situated in her left adrenal gland. She had a PET CT scan done after chemotherapy that showed that she has had an excellent response with all of her disease metastasis having disappeared and her abdominal mass shrunk significantly. Of course, we anticipated this since Varsha came to us paralyzed down her waist and was able to walk just after one cycle of chemotherapy. Now she rides a tricycle!

But the best part was that when the pathologist looked at the resected tumor under the microscope, it was all dead tissue and there was no viable tumor. This gives us more hope that once she finishes the bone marrow transplant and radiation followed by maintenance treatment for six months, there is a very good chance that she will attain permanent cure.

Sharing this picture of Varsha I took a few days after her surgery. Look how bright she is!  She is such a stoic child that she inspires all of us to keep doing what we do! 
This would not have been possible without the generous donations from you all. We want to thank each and everyone of you for all your support and your prayers."

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Supporters (6)

Anonymous donated US $100
almost 2 years ago
Ashwini donated Rs.2,500
almost 2 years ago
Chaitra donated Rs.1,500
almost 2 years ago

Get well soon❤️ My prayers

archana.bachani donated US $7.57
almost 2 years ago
Wrick donated Rs.1,000
almost 2 years ago
sayantini donated Rs.5,000
almost 2 years ago