Sai’s health started worsening when he was diagnosed with jaundice and typhoidSai lives with his parents and two sisters Rajalaxmi (25) and Kalyani (21) in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. He used to work hard each day to look after his family's needs. With the little savings he had from what he earned, he decided to continue his education. But just a few weeks before he could start going to college, Sai got a high fever. He was diagnosed with jaundice and typhoid and was given medicines to recover. Sai was slowly recovering but a few days later his health started worsening again.
Sai, when he was happy and healthy
“When Sai was having body pains, I thought it was just because of weakness due to jaundice and would give him painkillers. But it only grew worse with each passing day. He was struggling to eat food and was constantly complaining about chest pain every time he tried to eat food. I couldn’t see him going through this pain and immediately took him to hospital." - Padmavathi, mother
Just when Sai thought he will be normal again, his cancer relapsed and brought his life to a standstillSai was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia, a severe form of cancer that starts in the lymph nodes of the body and spreads aggressively if not treated on time. Sai’s parents started the treatment immediately fearing they might lose him to the dreadful disease. Sai underwent chemotherapy sessions for six months. Unfortunately, his cancer had relapsed while he was undergoing treatment and now only a bone marrow transplant can save Sai from this dreadful condition. Sai’s elder sister Rajalaxmi is a suitable match for the transplant but the poor parents have no funds for the surgery.
“Looking at Sai making progress each day, I thought he could finally start going to college. I was shattered when the doctors told that his cancer had relapsed. Even now he constantly talks about getting a good job to take care of us. Its the only thing that keeps him motivated through his struggle. I didn’t have the courage to tell him that we have exhausted whatever we had and now we can't afford a transplant for him anymore.” - Padmavathi, mother
After spending every rupee they had, Sai’s parents are struggling to afford life-saving transplant for himAppalaraju doesn’t work because of his health issues. Padmavathi grows crops on others farms to earn a living. The little income that Padmavathi earns is barely enough for their monthly expenses. Padmavathi used the savings for her younger daughter's marriage and sold her only piece of land to meet the treatment expenses. She has spent 4 lakhs so far and now with no source of income, she is struggling each day to provide a life-saving surgery for her son.
“We do not have a single rupee left. Nothing more than my son’s health matters to me. I even called off our daughter’s wedding as we needed money for our son’s treatment. I just want my son to be cured of this deadly disease.”- Padmavathi, mother