This 14-year-old Cancer Patient Fears Debt More Than Death

“Mudassir keeps crying every day. He tells us that it is only because of him we had to give away every last rupee we had painfully saved over the years. We tell him not to worry and that he is more important to us than money, but the truth is we have no money left and are neck-deep in debt.” – Moula, Mudassir’s father

In December last year, 14-year-old Mudassir got a swelling in his neck that refused to go away. It became enlarged and painful to the touch over the days. The first time he went to the doctors, they said it was because of the harsh winter in Bengaluru. When the swelling started interfering with normal activities such as eating, drinking and even speaking, he went to the doctors again. This time, it turned out to be something his father, Moula, and mother, Mohsina, could never imagine in their wildest dreams. Cancer – It only took six letters to destroy their happiness.

“We are religious people. Why did Allah do this to us?”

A typical day for this family would always begin with reading the Quran. Moula, his wife, Mohsina, their daughters, 9-year-old Madiha and 7-year-old Misbah, along with Mudassir would seek Allah’s blessings before they went ahead with the day’s activities. Now even when Mudassir is fighting to survive in the hospital, they have not changed their routine. “Praying was always very important to us.  We have never missed namaaz  till now. Why did such a horrible thing happen to my dear son?” asks Mohsina, Mudassir’s mother.

Today, Mudassir’s day begins and ends in pain

Mudassir is suffering. His body hurts from the intensive chemotherapy that he has been undergoing from the past three months because of lymph node cancer. There was a painful lump in his stomach too, that made it difficult for him to eat food. The IV line that has been inserted into his hand has been infected three times already. He has already had surgeries for all three times. He has to take medicines worth Rs 2,000 three times daily to control the infection. The pain is excruciating, but what is unbearable for Mudassir is watching his father beg people to arrange money for his treatment.

The 14-year-old cries because he knows his parents don't have enough money to treat him

“Mudassir reads all his medical reports and bill estimates. He is a big boy so he knows these things better than us. He also knows that we are lower-middle class people who cannot make so much money in a few days even if we wanted to. He is scared that we will be out on the streets soon. More than us, he is scared about the future of his little sisters. One day he even cried to his doctor saying his Abba is poor and cannot save him. The doctor told him to believe in God and hope that somebody will help his family. Seeing our son care so much about us even when he is going through hell makes me break down,” adds Mohsina.

Mudassir has distanced himself from his friends because he lost his hair

Now, Mudassir finds it very difficult to look in the mirror. He tells his parents that he looks like an entirely different person now. He doesn't want to meet any of his friends, even though he misses their company deeply. “My son has become such a loner now. Some of his friends wanted to visit him in the hospital the other day, but he told me that he doesn’t want to see anybody. My poor child is worried about our financial situation. He thinks about it night and day. I hope the stress doesn’t make him more sick,” laments Mohsina, with tears in her eyes.

Moula and Mohsina have nothing to save their son

How you can help

Mudassir’s father, Moula, is a teacher at a local Madrassa in Bengaluru. He earns a meagre Rs 5,000 a month. It is barely enough to clothe and feed his family of six. Mudassir’s treatment costs are increasing by the day. He needs to stay in the hospital for at least two to three months more, and needs more than Rs 4 lakhs for teatment. Moula had already borrowed a significant lumpsum from relatives and friends during the initial months of treatment. On one hand, he is left with nothing and on the other hand he has to save his son.

Your contribution can save Mudassir’s life.

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4th July 2018
Dear Supporters,

Mudassir got admitted for two days ( 11 - 13 June ) in the hospital for supportive care as he was not feeling well. Doctor postponed his maintenance chemotherapy to 18th June. He came again to the hospital and underwent the chemo and got discharged on the same day. He is improving a lot and the maintenance chemo will be continued for the next couple of months. 
4th May 2018
Dear supporters,
Here's a quick update on Mudassir -

Mudassir has completed his 5th Cycle of chemotherapy on Monday 23rd April. He is responding well to his treatment, there's another cycle scheduled for him next week.

Thank you for your support, we shall keep you all posted.

19th April 2018
Dear supporters,
Thank you all for your support.

Mudassir has been temporarily discharged from the hospital, yesterday. As of now, he's doing well and taking the prescribed medication. Doctors have suggested that Mudassir will be undergoing 5 cycles of chemotherapy, starting from Monday, over a span of two to three months. The span can increase depending how he responds to the chemotherapy.

We're really thankful to all of you but we still need your support. Please share this campaign with your family and friends.

Thank you,
Moula, Mudassir’s father

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