“I was not ready to give into my wife, Julia’s, paranoia about my 1-year-old’s ill health. When he was just 6-month-old, Jubaid started developing hard lumps around his stomach. With every passing day, his lumps only grew bigger. My happy child has become so irritable and has constant fevers. It was scary to see his smile slowly fade away.” Yusuf, Jubaid’s father.
Jubaid has cancerous tumors in his liver and they can kill him any moment now
Being the youngest in the family, Jubaid is the apple of his parents' eye. He cries very less. It took Yusuf a while to realize that Jubaid's happy face hides so much pain. After several tests, little Jubaid was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a condition which causes development of cancerous tumors in the liver. His multiple tumors can spread and turn fatal at any moment.
“Even medicines couldn’t get his fevers down. Tests couldn’t diagnose any major ailment. We had no idea what was happening. His lumps were getting worse every day. I was scared. I started standing in the queues of government hospital day in and out. After so much struggle, when they said he had cancer, I was devastated. I am still in denial that my baby might die.”
Despite continuous treatment, Jubaid has a long way to go before he can recover
Little Jubaid has already undergone 4 cycles of chemotherapy. Although he has responded well to the treatment, if the tumors are not operated soon he might succumb to cancer. The tumor surgery is the only hope to save the little boy.
“Even after back-breaking hard work, I sometimes can’t even manage to earn enough for the basic needs of my family. In summer, I try to sell mangoes for some extra income. Although I was trying very hard, nothing prepared me for this situation.”
Jubaid's illness has left his mother completely devastated
Julia's world revolved around her sons. It was difficult for her to accept the sudden silence in the home. She started spending sleepless nights just to ensure that she wakes up to see her son alive.
My wife has become very weak and cries a lot. She barely eats and sleeps now. I try not to cry in front of her. I knew her to be one of the strongest women, it's difficult to see her shatter into pieces.
With no work and huge expenses, Yusuf is unable to save his sonYusuf has been away from home for almost 5 months now. All the money that he had is gone now. The only land that he owned was also sold when Yusuf's father had to undergo a surgery for his broken spinal cord. Even renting a house and paying for their own food, is something these helpless parents can’t afford now.
Yusuf tried to work as a laborer for a few days, but even that didn't help.
“I have not been able to work for the last few months. My mother asks a few neighbors to water the crops. I am scared that the crops will get wasted and I will incur a huge loss. But if I lose my baby I will never recover from the loss. If I fail to arrange funds for his tumor surgery, I will certainly lose him.”
How you can help1-year-old Jubaid has cancerous tumors in his liver and he needs an urgent surgery. His father, Yusuf has already spent Rs 4 lakhs.
He has borrowed money from everyone he knew and has nothing left to save his baby. The cost required to save Jubaid now is Rs 5 lakhs.