Abhishek with his mother Shobha at the hospital
Brain tumor was not caught until a terrible episode at school11-year-old Abhishek's school headmaster brought him back home and personally asked his parents to take him to the doctor. Abhishek, was walking into walls and had incontinence at school. The headmaster was concerned and he insisted that they take him to
Abhishek's mother Shobha, immediately called a relative and took him to the hospital closest to their village Gadigondgaon, Karnataka. The doctor there told them that there was something wrong with Abhishek's brain and that the only thing left to do was to go to Bangalore for better scans.
Abhishek outside his school. Till the episode at school, this used to be his favorite place in the village
Worried sick by now, the Shobha and Abhishek went to Narayana Hrudayalaya and it is here that his tumor was diagnosed. Abhishek needed immediate chemotherapy to reduce the tumor. Given that the tumor is in the brain, many things could go wrong if Abhishek does not get treatment.
“We were in Bangalore for two months for two months. We stayed at a charitable ashram but even then spent close to Rs 50,000 on treatment. Abhishek is a little bit better and is talking normally now. But he still needs treatment for the lump in his head,” says his uncle Bodharam.
Abhishek asked for his picture to be taken at this small circle with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi
Abhishek has no one but his mother to help himIt is a confusing time for Abhishek. Things that used to come so easy before, like simple hand-eye coordination, now seem impossible. He is unable to control his bodily functions like before leading to a lot of embarrassment at school. His mother is crying more than usual at home.
Abhishek with his mother in their uncle's house
Abhishek's father Rajkumar is mentally ill. He works in a farm sometimes as a way to earn some money, but he is no help at home. Sometimes, he has violent fits and ends up beating his wife and children who look after him. He only barely understands that there is something very wrong with is the youngest child.
Abhishek with his uncle Bodharam who is helping with his treatment
Shobha alone has to go begging everyone in the village for help. She and Rajkumar's brother put together some money and took Abhishek to Bangalore for treatment. Abhishek is truly helpless because there is no one who can help him get his treatment and get better.
Abhishek posing for a photograph
“He's a very smart, happy child. Abhishek wanted so many things – he wanted to be a doctor, and a policeman and even a bus conductor. Ever since that incident at school – he asks his mother if he is also crazy like his father. The mother and son have no one to help them,” explains Bodharam.
How you can helpAbhishek's family needs Rs 3 lakhs to get him chemotherapy for his tumor. Without treatment – the tumor will only continue to grow – painfully pressing against his skull and damaging his brain. There is no one else the family can turn to arrange this amount at the earliest.
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