Toddler suffering from brain cancer needs Rs 20 lakhs to live | Milaap
Toddler suffering from brain cancer needs Rs 20 lakhs to live
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    Himanshu Kumar

    from Sonepur, Bihar

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A year ago, Poonam and Shailesh, a couple from eastern India's Bihar, were beaming with joy after the birth of their son. However, the happiness did not last long, and now they are staring at a scenario where the life of the toddler is at stake.

The Sonepur residents are looking for financial aid to treat their 1-year-old son Himanshu, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Recounting the journey so far, Shardha Devi, Shailesh's mother says, "My grandson got ill and had a fever. We got him treated but he did not get well. Afterwards, we took him to a hospital in Patna and they did a scan and detected a tumour and since then no hospital has been willing to admit him."

She alleges that one such hospital referred them to another and when they went there, they were asked to go back to the previous facility.

Not just Himanshu, Poonam too fell ill a few days before her son.

This has become a reason for the mother and son to stay apart.

Pointing at their financial condition, Poonam says, "We are very poor. First I fell sick and then my son got ill. It was too much for us financially, so I moved to my father's place, leaving my six-year-old at my in-laws."

She adds that she misses her son very much. "It's difficult for me. I miss him so much."

Grandmother Shardha also echoes her daughter-in-law's sentiments. "Everyone keeps asking us to go to a bigger and better hospital. We are now that capable financially. How will we get the treatment?"

Shailesh, who is a fruit vendor, makes a meagre Rs 3,000 (USD 37.5) a month, which isn't enough to make ends meet, let alone provide treatment for two sick people.

Shardha says that seeing the toddler in pain breaks her heart.

"He shivers and suffers from pain and also gets fever from time to time. It's heartbreaking to see him like this," she says.

"I ask God, if you had to send him, why did you send him like this? It's difficult for me to look at his parents' grief. Seeing them suffer like this is unbearable."

Shardha, who has been taking care of the toddler in his mother's absence, says the boy cries all night.

She, like Poonam, just wants her grandson to get cured.

"People keep asking us to take him to Bangalore or Delhi and consult doctors there. How is it possible for us? We have no money, please help us," she pleads.

According to doctors, Himanshu suffers from choroid plexus carcinoma, a rare cancerous (malignant) brain tumour that occurs mainly in children.

His treatment, including hospital charges, treatment, surgery will cost an approximate Rs 20 lakhs (USD 25,051).

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