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This Farmer's Daughter Urgently Needs Your Help To Fight Blood Cancer

13-year-old Ankita was looking forward to her first day at boarding school. She was ill the day she went in for the admission. Within 8 days, Ankita was in a serious condition and her parents heard from the doctor that their daughter has cancer. Now her family is struggling to save her.

 

She was ready to chase her dreams but cancer ruined everything

“Her cousin joined the school for PUC. They are very close, so she also told us that she wanted to go. My 3 younger daughters are not interested in academics. Ankita is good at studies so we are happy to send her wherever she wants to go.”
Basavaraj and Bharathi escorted their daughter to school for an entrance exam. She was running a temperature in the morning. They gave her paracetamol and sent her for the exam. She fared extremely well and was accepted immediately. By the next day, her fever was back, so Ankita’s parents took her to a local doctor who gave her a shot. They dropped her off at the dorm and left.

“We missed our bus, so we stayed back in town. We met her the next day by when her fever had gotten worse. At the hospital the doctor checked her blood report. Her ESR count was high. He said it needed to be much less. She was admitted for 2 days, after which she went back to school, and we came home."

Basavaraj had to rush to the school thrice in a week as Ankita's condition kept getting worse until the school sent her to Mangalore. At the time, she was not able to even climb the stairs or walk because of severe pain in her limbs.


We Thought It Was Just A Fever Until They Told Us My Daughter Had Cancer

The family members thought good food, rest, and proper sleep will improve her condition. She was also treated by a psychologist who suggested that the illness may be mental in nature. The parents took her home and in no time, her condition deteriorated further. Upon further investigation, they found out that she has blood cancer


“If I hadn’t taken her to boarding school maybe she wouldn’t have gotten cancer. Yes I know it doesn’t work that way, but I’m frustrated that there is nothing I could have done to protect my little girl! We cannot afford it on our Rs. 50,000/year income from farming. She wanted to study, be something in life and make our lives better. Now she is suffering not just from cancer but also the effects of chemotherapy.”

Ankita is responding well to chemotherapy, but it is getting very difficult to afford her treatment 

Her father is trying very hard to manage expenses, he has taken loans from everyone known to him, what ever little savings he had is also over, they have even sold her mother's gold ornaments and an old bike which Basavaraj had bought long back.
"Appa can we go back home after my treatment, I am fine, I hate sleeping in this bed, I want to go home Appa, Please Appa!"- this is what she says her father every time she goes to the hospital for those painful chemotherapies"


No father will be able to tell his daughter that a disease is killing her

Basavaraj breaks down when he thinks about his daughter’s condition. When she asks him questions about her condition, he is hesitant, to tell the truth. As far as Ankita knows, she just has a blood infection that can be treated only at HCG hospital in Bengaluru.
“She is smart. She knows what oncologists treat. But I tell her, that they are specialists who also treat her infection. She is a brave girl, but I’m afraid that, the truth would do more harm.”

How you can help

Ankita is now battling cancer without even knowing it. Her treatment is estimated to cost nearly Rs. 19 Lakhs, an expense Basavaraj cannot afford on his income. He is grief stricken over her state and needs your help to save his daughter.

With our support, this 13-year-old can survive cancer

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The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.

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