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Father Watches Helplessly As His 1-Year-Old Battles Blood Cancer
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    Baby of Ranjitha

    from Bangalore, Karnataka


For Srinivas, a hardworking family man from a humble background, the biggest concern is ensuring that his family has food on their plate. His daily struggles were tough enough, and thinking about the future or saving for it wasn’t a luxury he ever had. Cancer was unheard of in his family, and even when his aged mother spoke about a distant relative suffering from the disease, it was always about someone much older. Srinivas never thought that his only child, all of 1-year-old, would one day be diagnosed with cancer even before she said her first words.

With the chills in the air and the common cold doing the rounds, they weren't too worried when she fell sick

The weather in Bengaluru has been rather cold, sometimes dipping as low as 11 degrees. Children and elders alike made sure to step out with a sweater at hand – everyone had a cold. So it was nothing out of the ordinary when baby Sharavri got a cold mid-December. Ranjitha and Srinivas weren’t worried until she started struggling to breathe.

“We thought it was a common cold, everyone around us was falling sick, and until 10 days ago, we didn’t know it was blood cancer.” – Srinivas, father

They still haven’t found a way to start her treatment – time is running out

Once her disease was diagnosed, they were asked to start her treatment immediately – she needs 6 months of chemotherapy to fight the disease. Unfortunately, Srinivas hasn’t yet found a way to afford his daughter’s treatment, and she needs it at the earliest.

“She cries a lot now. Every time we put her on the hospital bed, she’s so scared. She gets poked with so many needles, it’s so painful to watch, I can't even imagine what she's going through. Every parent wants to give their child the best of everything. I can’t buy the best of toys or clothes for my baby, but I did as much as I could. Now I only feel a sense of helplessness.” - Srinivas

Srinivas’ meagre income by ironing clothes isn’t enough

Srinivas is the sole breadwinner of the family. He irons clothes for a living in the basement of an apartment building and sometimes manages to earn Rs. 400 in a day. Those are the good days. However, there are days he doesn’t make enough. He owned a small piece of land which he had to sell for his ailing parents’ treatment – both are diabetic and as a result, are experiencing many complications. After everything they’ve been through in the past year, financially, Srinivas and Ranjitha have nothing left to afford baby Sharvari’s cancer treatment.

The only way these poor parents can save their baby is with your help

 “I met with a bike accident a couple of years ago, and ever since then, I haven’t been able to work long hours because I injured my right hand. It’s difficult, but I will work all day and night for my baby.” - Srinivas

However, no matter what Srinivas does, it isn’t enough to afford the 7 lakhs needed for his baby’s treatment. Baby Sharvari can fight the disease with your help, and can finally have a pain-free childhood.

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