Retinoblastoma is a rare form of eye cancer that begins in the retina, it is the sensitive lining on the inside of your eye. Retinoblastoma most commonly affects young children, but can rarely occur in adults. Because retinoblastoma mostly affects infants and small children, symptoms aren't common.
The poverty-stricken couple, Leela Devi and Ramesh Ganjhu have five kids- four daughters and a son. About a year ago, the couple's son had a paralysis attack while one of their daughters was already suffering from her ailments, throwing their life out of gear.
In the initial years, the family had some work, which gave them a source to pay for their livelihood. However, when their two-year-old daughter, Neha Kumari, was diagnosed with the dreadful disease, Retinoblastoma, they ran out of funds as all the expenses and regular medications exceeded their savings.
At first, Neha began to show symptoms after her right eye began to appear larger than normal. completely swelling it around the retina. Following this, they visited a lot of doctors to check her swollen eye, but her ailment worsened. Meanwhile, some of the doctors suggested they fly abroad to keep a check on her disease.
Even though they managed so far with their empty wallets, they began to strive for funds and took several loans. Before that, they went to Hazaribagh, Ranchi, and some other places for further treatment. Earning hardly Rs. 100 (USD 1.34) to Rs. 200 (USD 2.68) a month, they have spent Rs. 2 lakh (USD 2,675) on their daughter's medication so far.
Since then, they have sold their land, pieces of jewelry, and several other things they owned to manage their funds for the family, throwing many curveballs at them as they were only left with their house. However, upon the failure of adequate funds for the treatment, they had to stop the treatment, making the child endure extreme pain.
After being left with no option, they expressed their grief to society as their girl broke down with a falling right eye. Besides, someone has to always stay with the ailing child, making them suffer financially as they do not get proper jobs.
Now, the family has begun to give up on the situation as they do not have enough funds and are deprived of any resources to pay for their increasing debts. Moreover, after Neha's medical treatments stopped, she began to suffer from severe aches on the right side of her face, making her put up with a lot.
Besides, the couple is battling their financial crisis and is on the verge of losing everything. They seek financial aid from society and urge the citizens to support Neha's dream of leading an ordinary life as their life is slipping away from them.