“Kaivalya is just 3-year-old but he is a very smart child. We have not told him anything about his illness but I fear he knows that something serious is going on with him. Once while we were taking him to the hospital by the local train, he asked me ‘Maa, this is not going to be as painful as the last time, right?’ I promised him that this time it would be better but with every passing day, he is suffering more and more." - Devyani, mother.
Little Kaivalya was diagnosed with cancer after he was down with a fever that did not seem to get curedKaivalya has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia - it starts in the bone marrow and prevents immature blood cells from growing into healthy blood cells. Every day he wakes up with a sharp pain in his bones, joints or sometimes even in his stomach. The doctors have told Devyani and her husband Yashwant that more cycles of chemotherapy followed by an immediate bone marrow transplant is the only way Kaivalya will get better.
Little Kaivalya when he was hale and hearty
“We had enrolled him to a play school in the month of April when he had turned 3. Unlike most kids, Kaivalya loved going to school and every day he came back home and told me stories of his new friends. But suddenly he had a fever that was not getting cured for 15 days. We took him to the hospital where the tests came as a rude shock to us - that he has cancer. He has not been able to go to school for a long time. He misses his friends and teachers and asks me when he can go back. I don’t have an answer for him,” - Devyani.
Cancer has not dampened the little one’s spirit but his parents are scared about how long he will be able to fightDevyani and Yashwant’s life has not been the same since Kaivalya’s diagnosis. They have been in and out of the hospital for their son’s treatment. Devyani has constantly stayed by her son’s side in the hospital whereas Yashwant’s sleepless nights were spent in the hospital corridors.
Kaivalya enjoying at his friend's birthday party when the sickness had not taken a toll on him
“Despite his weakness, Kaivalya doesn’t like lying down in the bed. He runs around the house and plays with his cousins. He keeps on asking me when we will go for outings like old times but we are too scared to take him out for fear of infections and diseases. HIs immune system has worsened. Often he has severe diarrhea and we even noticed blood in his vomit. He also has severe breathing problems and we are scared all the time,” - Devyani.
Despite trying their level best, the parents are not able to gather the fund for their son’s treatmentYashwant works as a technician in a private firm and his monthly income of Rs 10,000 is not enough to support the family at times, leave alone carrying out a bone marrow transplant. These days, he can hardly go to work because he needs to take Kaivalya to the hospital for his treatment.
A click from one of the family outings that Kaivalya misses so much now
“I try to be strong in front of my son but often break down in front of my wife. I feel completely lost. I have spent around 4 lakhs for Kaivalya’s treatment and all my savings have been used up. I have been borrowing from my relatives and colleagues but I don’t know how long this is going to continue. The surgery requires 42 lakhs. I am ready to be the donor but I have no idea how I can arrange for this amount and I have no one to turn for help. I fear that I might fail in saving my son’s life.” - Yashwant.
How you can help3-year-old Kaivalya is fighting cancer and the only way he can survive is through a bone marrow transplant. Devyani and Yashwant are trying very hard to save their son. But the cost of the surgery is enormous and Yashwant’s meagre salary will not cover even half the surgery. The parents are spending sleepless nights to save their son’s life and only your support can save Kaivalya.
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