"She is scared of injections and cries uncontrollably. Two days back, she got violent seizures. They lasted for almost 10 minutes; I stood shell-shocked and my wife fainted at the sight. For a moment I thought, I may not see our baby again. She can't even express her pain, she is just a baby, it is terrible." - Kavin Kumar, Father of 1-year-old Dharshika.
Little Dharshika is plagued by severe bone pain, excessive gum bleeding and frequent infections1-year-old Dharkshika is the only child of Kavin Kumar and Ramya. She was the apple of their eyes and she was perfectly healthy until a few months ago. Now she is diagnosed with Acute Cell Lymphoblastic, a dreadful cancer that occurs when bone marrow cells develop errors in its DNA. Her parents had a lot of dreams about her future - she has hardly seen the world but now fighting for her life. This little baby has a painful journey ahead of her.
"We had just started giving her solid foods when her stomach started swelling. Doctors said it was indigestion. She had medicines and syrups but the swelling continued to grow. She started throwing up and refused to even have milk. Shivers ran down my spine when she began bleeding profusely from her gums. When the doctors said 'cancer' I was shattered completely." - Ramya, Mother.
Dharshika needs prolonged treatment to fight this terrible cancerDharshika had undergone 2 chemotherapies till now and needs it for next 3 years to recover completely. Her blood counts are checked frequently. Missing one cycle of chemo can turn fatal for this little baby.
"Her little body is now poked with needles everywhere and the injections are unbearable for her. She is given medicines to control the bleeding. I can't bear that she has to go through so much of pain at this young age." - Ramya.
Dharshika needs a chemo port to give injections but her father cannot afford itKavin Kumar works in a private company and earns a meager amount with which he managed to feed his family. When the baby was in ICU after the violent seizures, he spent 8 lakhs for the treatment. Each chemo costs Rs 20,000. It has become hard to find veins in her tiny body so she needs a chemo port through which she can get chemo, IV fluids and blood transfusions. The chemo port costs Rs 1 lakh and the father cannot afford it let alone the treatment itself.
" I have spent everything I had, I borrowed from my friends and family. She has just started the treatment and I'm already neck-deep in debt. I don't know how I can manage for the next 3 years. Doctors say that she has a good chance of recovery if the treatment is given without any delays. I'm scared that I might be forced to stop the treatment and if that happens I'll have no purpose to live." - Kavin Kumar.
How you can help1-year-old Dharshika is in excruciating pain and bleeds profusely from her gums due to dreadful cancer. She needs chemotherapy for the next 3 years. Her parents are desperately trying to save her life. But they have already spent everything they had and now left with nothing to continue the treatment. Little Dharshika cannot survive without chemotherapy. Only your support can save her.
Your kind contribution can save 1-year-old Dharshika's life.
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.