12-year-old Sivan has been struggling for his life for the last four years. He is fighting cancer for the second time. Every day his parents fear they will lose him. If they can afford the treatment, the only cure, they can save his life.
Sivan comes from a loving close knit family. His father Arul is a drawing teacher at a school. His mother Padmavathi is a housewife. Sivan has an older brother Surya, who is in his first year of college.
Everyone thought it was dengue, no one thought he will have cancer
Arul says that at the beginning, spots would appear on Sivan’s back and his arms and across his body. The parents neglected it as a part of puberty and did not give much thought to it. Sivan then began to complain of back pain and became progressively dull and lethargic. A few days later, he began to look pale, like he had lost all the blood in his body. This alarmed Arul, who took him to the doctor. The doctor diagnosed Sivan with a potential case of dengue, and he was taken to Gokulan Hospital in Salem, where he underwent treatment for 10 days.
In just two months he was fighting cancer again
Doctors then suggested that he take Sivan to Ramachandra Hospital. Here he was diagnosed with Cancer. Fearing that the cost would be too high, Arul brought his son home and began looking for alternate hospitals.
Arul took Sivan to multiple hospitals in Chennai. He finally got Sivan admitted in Children’s Hospital in 2016, where Sivan underwent chemotherapy. After chemotherapy, doctors tested Sivan and said that he was cured. The family was felt relieved that their son is now going to live a normal life. But this relief didn't stay for long.
In November 2016, Arul took his son back home after the doctors informed his condition is under control. The family spent a happy few months. In January 2017, Sivan complained of back pain, the same set of symptoms again. Arul was doubtful and took him for a blood test. The tests showed that Sivan’s cancer had come back.
There is a permanent cure for Sivan but the family cannot afford it
He followed the suggestion of a family friend and went to JIPMER, Pondicherry. Sivan has been admitted here. Doctors have advised that a bone marrow transplant is the only way to save Sivan. The cost of Sivan's treatment is Rs 14 lakhs. The family is struggling without knowing how to arrange for funds.
“No child should ever suffer like this. No parent should see their child suffer and be unable to do anything about it.”
How you can help
Arul has spent lakhs of money to save Sivan the first time and now he is starting a new treatment with the hope his son will survive. Our support will help this family save their son.
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