Laxman Pradhan recalls how his 15-year-old son would love playing football every day after school. Seeing his son’s life confined to four walls of the hospital and pain medication today saddens him to the core.
Dipak’s Condition Is Getting WorseIn 2013, Dipak developed a lingering fever that refused to go away. He had to undergo several tests and they confirmed that Dipak was suffering from Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a cancer of white blood cells. He underwent a treatment and there was a significant improvement in his condition.
However, in the month of April, 2016, his condition again started deteriorating and he started experiencing pain and discomfort all over again. This time, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. His relapse was a shock for everyone in his family.
Dipak appeared for his Class 10 boards this year and he scored 83%. “I want to pursue science. I couldn’t join college this year. But, I won’t let the disease get in the way of my ambitions. I will beat it and join college next year. I want to become a doctor and help other people fight cancer,” Dipak said.
Laxman Is a Daily Wage Laborer and He Cannot Afford the Mounting Medical BillsDipak's father Laxman is a daily wage labourer and the sole breadwinner of the family. They live in Andheri, Mumbai. Making the ends meet was difficult for Laxman. The news of his son's illness shattered him. But, Dipak has been trying to mask the ordeal inside and put a brave face.
"He tells us not to lose courage. He never cries. We always see him smile. He never lets us cry in front of him," Laxman said.
“Since he was a child he wanted to become a doctor. I want to fulfill his dream. I want him to get back on his feet,” Laxman added.
Laxman, somehow, managed to get the initial amount for the treatment. He borrowed heavily from his relatives and friends. “I have spent about Rs 6 lakhs on Dipak’s chemotherapy treatment till date. But, we need more and I don’t know whom to ask for help,” Laxman said.
As advised by Dipak's doctor Dr. Santanu Sen, he needs to undergo a stem cell transplantation, and the estimated cost of the treatment is approximately Rs 15 lakhs.
How You Can HelpDipak is a fighter. But he needs your support to get the needed life-saving treatment. Laxman and his wife cannot afford the cost of treatment. Our support can help save this 15-year-old's life.
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