These Parents Couldn't Get Their Son's Cancer Treated Due To COVID, Now It's At Stage-4 | Milaap

These Parents Couldn't Get Their Son's Cancer Treated Due To COVID, Now It's At Stage-4

They’ve told us that he has just days left to live now. I can’t even process that in my head. No matter how sick my son gets, how much pain he’s in, when I look at him I see the same boy who used to run up and jump into my arms when I came home after a long day at work. 
He was like this just a few months ago!
But now he has stage-4 cancer... just because we couldn't get him treated in time due to the corona panic and lockdown.
— Raj Kumar, father

A month and a half ago, little Abhishek’s parents noticed he wasn’t eating properly. They had thought he was being fussy the first day, but when he complained of poor appetite the next day as well, they started to get worried. On the third day, when he developed a fever as well, they took him to a local doctor who ran some scans. Afterwards, he had something very troubling to say.

There was something sinister growing inside little Abhishek

"That doctor told us we needed to take our son to a bigger hospital, immediately. I had thought it was a simple problem, so I didn't understand why he was asking me to take my son nearly 130km away to another hospital. But I didn’t waste time, I brought my son here immediately. I was scared the whole way, wondering what it could be. Once we ran more scans and tests here, I got my answer. My son was diagnosed with cancer... He was given 2 months to live...— Raj

The clock was ticking, but Abhishek couldn’t get his treatment

Abhishek was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that almost always only affects children. While it was already at a dangerous level at the moment of diagnosis, his condition kept getting worse due to conditions out of his desperate family’s control.

“Because of the coronavirus issue, we couldn’t get our son treated immediately. I could only wait, and wait, knowing that with each passing day the chances of my son’s recovery were dropping more and more. But what could we do? The situation was such.” — Raj

'5 days ago they told us he has Stage 4 cancer now; they gave him 1 week to live'

Where before it would’ve taken maybe just a few months of chemotherapy to cure this little boy of cancer, in the 6 weeks after diagnosis, nothing was done, and the cancer has spread inside his body. It has now already damaged one of his kidneys, and has covered the other one as well. On top of this, it has even surrounded the heart vessels. He now has stage-4 cancer, and 5 days ago he was given 1 week to live. He now needs not just extensive chemotherapy, but also a bone marrow transplant, to survive.

This family is desperate but helpless — they can’t afford the treatment

“All the treatment he needs will cost more than 20 lakhs. Where am I going to get that kind of money? I work in a quarry, lifting rocks. If I push myself every day, get to the point of breaking my back, my arms, my legs, then maybe I can afford at most 2,000 within the next 3 days. But the quarry is closed because of the lockdown! I haven’t told my wife how serious the situation is, just that Abhi's sick and needs the hospital. She’s already depressed, how will the... how will the death of our son affect her? I know it would devastate me. I need help, please.” — Raj
Little Abhishek is very weak and dizzy nowadays. He’s feeling the effects of high-risk cancer spreading throughout his tiny body.
His father’s helpless, and his mother unaware. You are the only person he can rely on now. Click here to donate.
Patient Abhishek is 10 years old, living in Kishangarh Ajmer District, Rajasthan
Being treated in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Receiving Bone Marrow Transplant treatment for Neuroblastoma

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