“That day, he screamed in pain from 2 in the afternoon to 9 at night. Even the injections and the medicines weren’t helping him subside the pain. The sight was horrible, I just couldn’t look at him! Nothing, nothing I did could ease his pain…” - Mallika, mother.
No fever, nothing - just a persistent stomach ache - no one knew it could be cancer2 months ago, when Aditya complained of stomach aches, Mallika thought he must have eaten something off the streets. She gave her some homemade remedies but he wasn’t getting any better.
“We took him to the local doctor, he said that Aditya had indigestion. We were relieved that it was nothing serious. But then, fate had other plans for us. In just two days, his stomach started swelling up. We were so scared. When we took him to the city, we were told that this is something serious. We should take him to Bangalore immediately,” - Mallika.
Ma, how much longer will it take to cure the worms in my stomach?Aditya is only 5. He doesn’t know anything about the disease.He thinks he has worms in his stomach. Mallika has told him that he needs to stay in the hospital so that the doctors can take out the worms.
“He keeps asking me how long this is going to take. How do I tell him that he has only had one cycle of chemotherapy? How do I tell him that he needs to stay away from home for almost 4 months more?” - Mallika.
A daily wager, Gourkali, can’t even afford a single day’s meal for his familyGourkali had accompanied Mallika when they took their son to Bangalore. But he couldn’t stay there for long. He is a daily wager and the only earning member of his family. Also, Mallika and Gourkali's elder son is mentally challenged. He needs constant medication and help.
“He had no choice but to come back to our village. The 1 lakh that we had arranged by selling my jewellery and our cows, is over. My husband is begging from everyone, but I don’t know how we can arrange for 3.5 lakhs more that is needed to cure Aditya. Now, only you can help us,” - Mallika.
5-year-old Aditya's parents don't know how they can afford their son's cancer treatment. They are looking up to you for help