Kamal with his mother and grandfather
Kamal lived happily with his parents Noor and Haider in the small town of Asansol, West Bengal. Haider works in a small pharmacy and earns about Rs 150-200 per day. On some days he even earned Rs 50 per day. But even with the modest income, the family lived happily. They neither complained nor demanded more.
“A month back when my son had a fever, we didn’t pay much heed. The local doctor gave him some medicines and I thought he would be fine. Being so poor we couldn’t even imagine that such a fatal disease will affect our son and leave us miserable. When we noticed that even after a week, his fever didn’t reduce, we took him to the doctors. After a few tests, what the doctors told, left me in shock,” - Noor.Little Kamal has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of blood cancer. The place where they live lacks the facilities to treat cancer. Haider and Noor had to travel to Kolkata to start their son's treatment. Doctors suggested that Kamal needs to undergo chemotherapy to stay alive.
“After finally finding a hospital in Kolkata that could treat my son, I felt a little relieved. But I am worried if we will be able to pull this through. Whatever the doctors are saying, we are doing it. We are not even thinking where the money will come from. We are in so much debt that my husband, Haider can’t be with our son at the hospital now. Even in this condition, he has to continue working. I don’t even understand how we landed in this condition."- Noor
An older picture of Kamal with his parents
Kamal’s father is forced to stay away from him, but even that’s not enough nowHaider travels 200 km every 2-3 days to see his son and has to return on the same day. The parents are struggling and they fear their son will not be able to make it.
“My son had big dreams. He loves cycling and playing cricket. He wants to grow up and become a sportsman. I knew Haider and I would probably never be able to fulfill his dreams. But even with Haider’s minimum income, we were trying our best to do everything for him. My son’s cancer has taken away the little hope we had for his future.”