Praises pour in for Deekshith at school – he’s a model studentKusuma works as a helper in the school that Deekshith studies at in Kumbalgodu, Karnataka. All the teachers in the school always tell her that he’s the smartest in the class and the first to answer all the questions. Kusuma couldn’t have been prouder of her son.
“He’s only in class 4, but he says that when he grows up he wants to be a manager one day. He says he wants to be a ‘big man’ and make us proud.” – Kusuma, mother.
However, six months ago, Kusuma noticed swelling in Deekshith’s stomach. He said it hurt a little bit, but he insisted on going to school anyway. ‘It’s nothing amma,” he said and waved her goodbye.
His cancer was detected 6 months ago, shattering their livesDeekshith’s swelling only got worse. The pain increased, and he got weaker. When his parents finally took him to Bangalore for tests, they were told that he has a cancerous tumour in his left kidney (Wilm’s tumour), and it was very serious. They were shocked to find out that it had been growing inside his body for 5 years. “I wish there was some way we could’ve found out earlier,” Kusuma laments. His left kidney can't be saved, but he has a chance to fight the disease – Deekshith was immediately started on chemotherapy.
The diagnosis in the midst of a financial crisis has made it difficult for his parents to continue treatmentDeekshith now needs to continue chemotherapy and have surgery, but his parents can’t afford it. Kusuma’s income as a helper is just about enough to afford their daily meals. Shivananda repairs TVs for a living and makes Rs. 500 in 2-3 days, but only when there’s work. With an increasing number of people opting for LCD TVs, he’s running out of work.
“My husband had decided that it was time for him to look for a new job, but just then, we found out Deekshith has cancer. Now, all we do is try and find a way to continue his treatment. We’ve already borrowing 70,000 as a loan.” – Kusuma