“His left leg is completely swollen. He sleeps all day because he’s too weak to do anything else. Only chemotherapy can save him, and it’s the one thing I can’t give him. Every day is a battle for life and money.” - Manju, Sivakumar's father.
Sivakumar (7) woke up every day excited to go to school. He always had full attendance and loved playing with his friends. Now, Sivakumar hasn’t gone to school in two months and won’t be able to go back anytime soon. Bone cancer has confined him to a hospital bed and made this once active child weak and helpless. Sivakumar clutches on to his favourite toy car even when he’s lying down, desperately trying to be like how he was before cancer, but Sivakumar can only be saved with chemotherapy and surgery.
A small fall led to a grave diagnosisIt was just another day for Sivakumar as he returned home after school with a bruise on his leg. It wasn’t unusual for him to fall while playing with his friends, and his father, Manju, thought he would be fine in no time. Unfortunately, a few days later, his leg started swelling, and it only got worse.
“The pain was unbearable. It was the first time we saw our son cry so much. I took him to a small hospital near our home in Kollegal but were told to take him to a bigger one. I was alone with the doctor when he told me he has cancer. I was so worried about what I would tell Sivu. I kept thinking of reasons to tell him about why he needs to stay in the hospital for months after this.”
Sivakumar has undergone one cycle of chemotherapy so far and has five more left. He also needs a surgery for his left leg, followed by more chemotherapy. Manju has told Sivakumar that he needs to stay in the hospital till his leg gets better, however, he doesn’t know how he’s going to continue his son’s treatment, which will cost lakhs, on an income of just Rs. 200 per day.
Sivakumar’s mother is shattered, and his father struggles to continue treatmentThe news of Sivakumar's cancer was more than what his mother, Lakshmi, could handle. She has stopped eating and is constantly anxious. Sleep has evaded her, and on some days, she finds it difficult to even talk to Sivakumar without completely breaking down. Their daughter, Mahalakshami (5), stays with Lakshmi in their hometown, while Manju is with Sivakumar in Bangalore for his treatment, struggling to bear the expenses of his piling medical bills.
“The only things he asks for now are fruits and his favourite toy car that his grandmother gifted him. These are the little joys in his life now. He doesn’t complain much, but the injections make him cry a lot. He still puts up a very brave front for us, even though he’s suffering every day. I have to save my son’s life, but even affording a meal is getting difficult now.”
How You Can HelpOnly chemotherapy and surgery will save Sivakumar from the clutches of cancer. Manju is a daily wage labourer who works on other’s farms for a living. Ever since the diagnosis, he hasn’t gone back to work and is fighting poverty every day to give his son the life-saving treatment. All Sivakumar wants to do is get better and go home, but Manju worries that his empty pockets will make his son lose his leg and life to cancer. Sivakumar urgently needs your help to fight bone cancer.
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