On a regular school day, Rahul’s life changed foreverThree years ago, Rahul’s life changed when he came back home with a bleeding nose. Savitra was shocked assuming that he had a fight with one of his classmates. Rahul was always kind, and all his teachers had only nice things to say about him. Little did she know that a growing tumour was causing her son so much pain. Rahul was then diagnosed with nasopharyngeal angiofibroma, an aggressive tumour that grows in the back of the nasal cavity and grows into the fissures of the skill.
“I had so many questions when the doctor told us what it was, but the only thing I asked was ‘Will my son live?’ “ - Savitra, mother
Two surgeries later, Jalindar and Savitra thought that their son was finally free of the tumour in his nose and can now have a normal childhood. However, in May this year, a scan revealed that the tumour has now spread to his brain.
Despite his grave diagnosis, Rahul continues to work hard and persevereRahul’s condition is getting worse by the day. He’s now extremely weak on most days, bleeds from his nose and struggles to breathe. However, despite all the pain, he continues to go to school.
“He was always a good student, extremely dedicated and hardworking. As soon as he came home he would finish his homework, and then go play with his friends. The disease might've made him weak, but he’s more determined than ever to realise his dreams of becoming an engineer one day.”
They’ve already delayed his treatment due to lack of funds, now they’re running out of time to save him
Rahul’s diagnosis didn’t just bring the childhood he knew to a standstill, but his parent’s life completely changed. Everything they did from then on, was to try and save their son from the aggressively growing tumour in his body. Savitra was forced to quit her job at a garment factory to take care of him, while Jalindar provided for his family of four with his meagre income of 6000 per month as a welder in small shop. However, after borrowing nearly 5 lakhs from family and neighbours, the helpless parents find themselves falling short. They've already delayed the surgery due to lack of funds. Now, Rahul has one week to get a surgery to remove the tumour, but Jalindar and Savitra don’t have the means.