The dreadful diagnosis that changed everythingOne day in August last year, Sai woke up and felt very sick. He started vomiting, and Sridevi thought it was something he’d eaten the previous day. For the rest of the day, Sai was his normal self. Shy by nature, he kept to himself and quietly played. The next morning, however, the same thing happened. When this continued for almost a week, Sridevi took him to a doctor.
“We thought it was food poisoning. He would vomit only in the morning and be completely fine for the rest of the day. He was on medication for almost two months because even the doctor in our hometown thought it was an infection, but when it didn’t help him at all, we had to get more tests done. That’s when we found out he has cancer in his brain. Every day has been filled with fear, pain and anxiety for my son since then.”
The news shattered Sridevi and Uddhav as they realized that their young son had to fight a dangerous and fatal disease. While he had their love and support, it was Sai’s little body that had to bear the burden of this battle. Sai was rushed for a brain surgery after his diagnosis to remove the tumour. While his condition has improved post-surgery, he still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. He needs one month of radiation followed by chemotherapy to finally defeat cancer.
Sai’s tumour will return, deadlier than ever, without chemotherapy
“He’s so scared of injections. The minute he sees the nurse walking in with a needle, he starts trembling in fear. I have to hold him and tell him everything will be okay. All he keeps asking is why this is happening to him and when he can go home again, but he needs chemotherapy. Otherwise, his tumour can come back and spread to other parts of his brain and spinal cord. This is his only chance, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to save him.”
Sridevi and Uddhav are doing all they can to try and continue their son’s treatment, but his medical bills are above and beyond what they can afford now. They’ve already spent 2 lakhs on his treatment. They have a small farm in their hometown in Bidar, Karnataka, and earn just enough to keep the family afloat.
Sai has made it this far after the surgery and can improve with continued treatment. He needs chemotherapy to survive.
How you can help
When most children are in school, Sai is in the hospital, counting down the days to when he can go home again, without cancer threatening to take away his childhood and life. Sai needs radiation and chemotherapy to finally beat cancer, but his parents are struggling to afford the 8 lakhs needed for it. Shree Sai needs your help now to survive cancer.
Your support can save Shree Sai’s life.