"While I was traveling in the bus with my 2-year-old baby, suddenly her eyes rolled up and she started shaking her hand and leg vigorously. The seizures became violent in no time and I was terrified. My child was calling out 'amma! amma!', I did not understand what to do. The commotion on the bus was very overwhelming, I was lost and crying. I couldn't think anything. The conductor of the bus immediately stopped the vehicle to help me get to a hospital. As I was waiting on the highway for help, I held the baby in my arms who was uncontrollably shaking. A passerby was kind to help me reach the nearest hospital, ever since then she is been fighting for her life." - Chitralekha, baby Sanvitha's mother.
Just when these parents thought they saved their baby, cancer had spread in her brain and put her on brink of life
Little Sanvitha was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago. The couple had sold the only means of survival - a farming land and got her operated. The tumor was removed and the parents were relieved that they had saved their daughter. Though she was not as active as before, Subbarao and Chitralekha thought she would get better but her health only deteriorated.
She continuously puked and had become very weak. The worried mother was on the way to the hospital when the baby was severely attacked with seizures.
"A couple of hospitals turned me away as my daughter was very critical and they refused to treat her. I was all by myself and petrified to lose her. A doctor helped my baby to control the seizures until I take her to Chennai where she underwent a surgery. I have been told that even though the cancerous tumor was removed, cancer had spread in the brain. I was devastated and couldn't bear to think that I'll lose my little one," - Chitralekha.
Despite skipping meals to provide nutritious food for her daughter, her health only worsened
Little Sanvitha is suffering from an undifferentiated brain tumor and residual neurological deficit where the cells that generate cancer cells begin to divide more vigorously and spreads quickly throughout the brain. It also causes abnormal function of a few body areas due to which Sanvitha's legs and hands are affected. She urgently needs chemotherapy to beat cancer before it spreads completely
, without which she may not survive. She also requires to be under observation in the hospital for five days.
"Even though we are barely able to have a meal a day, we make sure that our daughter gets everything she needs. There are hardly any days that she doesn't throw up. But I starve and give her milk only with a hope that she doesn't vomit today. She has also developed a high fever which is only increasing day by day. Even seizures have not completely stopped, she suffers them sometimes. At times, she cries inconsolably and I do not understand the reason, she can hardly say anything. I try my best to console her but in vain there is nothing that can make her feel better." - Chitralekha.
This farmer who sold his only land for his daughter's first surgery has nothing left to save her now
"After selling the only land that I worked on all my life, I started working as a daily wage laborer in other's farm. I barely earn Rs 100 a day. With this little income, it has become impossible to feed my family at least once in a day. I have borrowed money for the expenses of the hospital. I want to do everything I can to see my baby smile again but even if I work for my entire life, I won't be able to earn 6 lakhs which is the cost of the treatment that can my daughter's life." - Subbarao, Baby Sanvitha's father.
How You Can Help2-year-old Sanvitha is suffering from undifferentiated brain tumor and residual neurological deficit. Cancer that produces the excess number of cancer cells that divide and quickly spread across the brain, which also affects the normal functioning of the body. Urgent chemotherapy is the only means of survival for little Sanvitha.
Her parents who are unable to even afford a meal a day cannot save her from certain death without help.