A ray of hope for AkshayThe only cure for Akshay’s cancer is a bone marrow transplant. Fortunately for him, his younger brother Om is a matched donor, and he got the transplant on 25 December. However, his fight isn't over yet. He needs to stay in the ICU for two more weeks to recover. While there is hope for Akshay, his parents are running out of time and money. Without the post-transplant care, all their efforts will be in vain.
Akshay and Om during one of their visits to the beach
“We’re in the hospital now, waiting to find a way to continue his treatment. Om, as young as he is, said that he would do anything to help his bhaiya (brother). He doesn’t know that Akshay has cancer, but he understands that something is gravely wrong. Akshay is only waiting to go back to the life he knew.” – Sulaha, mother
As daily wagers, they’re struggling to afford his treatmentSulaha occasionally works on others’ farms for a mere 100 rupees, while Samadhan works as a helper in a company, earning around Rs. 150 per day. However, his work is irregular and there are months when he comes back home empty-handed.
“It always depends on if they need labour or not. On the days that they don’t, I have nothing to do. But they were extremely helpful. Everyone in the company donated whatever little they had and helped us start his chemotherapy treatment. Now we need funds to continue his treatment. We can’t ask anyone for such a large amount.” – Samadhan, father.