Lasya endures the pain of cancer quietly, but her fight has just begun – she needs chemotherapy to surviveIt all began one month ago when Lasya came back home feeling rather tired. Her mother, Pavani, was surprised to find her so dull and made her favourite juice to cheer her up. But Lasya’s fatigue soon turned into a raging fever. For 5 days, she was on medication with no improvement. Her limbs began to hurt even more, and her parents struggled to help her. However, two weeks after, Lasya was diagnosed with blood cancer – a disease her parents had only seen and heard of in movies. They never imagined that one day, it would be their reality.
“When your child gets a fever, you never think it’s going to be something so serious. We thought it would go away in no time, but it only increased. Even then we never thought it would be cancer. We never thought her life would be in danger.” – Narasimha Rao, father
Lasya is terrified of needles, but she rarely cries or shows her fear. She just holds her parent's hand tight and endures the pain, hoping that this will be her last visit to the hospital. However, Lasya needs chemotherapy for the next four months to fight cancer. Her fight isn’t over yet.
Her father, an auto driver, left no stone unturned to try and start her treatment – but it’s not enoughOn receiving the dreadful news of his daughters’ disease, Narasimha left no stone unturned to try and start her treatment. He begged his relatives and friends for help and managed to borrow 80,000. He even sold his auto that he used to transport goods in. But it’s not enough. Narasimha needs 8 lakhs to afford Lasya’s life-saving treatment.
“I haven’t saved much with my work. I hardly earn Rs. 300 every day, and with that, I feed and take care of my wife and two daughters. I was able to save enough to afford their school fees, but now I can’t even do that. let alone afford the lakhs required for her treatment. I don’t have the means to save my own daughters’ life.”