“He is an extremely curious boy, always full of questions. The teachers appreciate him for being a very bright student. There aren’t many kids in the neighbourhood, the two siblings are each other’s best friend. He was in acute pain when the doctor asked him what he wanted to be when he grows up. With a big smile on his face , Anton said 'I want to be a police inspector’. The smile immediately faded and he started crying out in pain again,” says Santosh as his eyes turn moist.
December of 2017, just 6 months away from his 8th birthday, Anton started experiencing intermittent fever and body ache. The doctor prescribed medication for a week and opined that the symptoms were a result of anemia. When the symptoms refused to fade, and he had to be hospitalized.
Anton had to hear the diagnosis even before his father didWhile his mother- Anton’s grandmother- stayed at the hospital to take care of the boy, Santosh went in search of help from friends and family for the treatment. Just as he walked in, the doctor was asked him if there was any history of cancer in the family. Anton was diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia.
Ever since that day, Anton’s routine comprises injections, pain and hospital bed. He has been going through treatment, but now Santosh has run out of money and is going door to door for help. He may have to stop the treatment, if he cannot come up with the funds. This could be detrimental to Anton's progress.
“When he asks me to buy board games and toys, I check my pockets to find if there is any money at all. I can’t give him no for an answer. He tries to hurt himself. How can I comfort a kid who yearns to play with toys? How can I tell him I’ve no money left? How do I tell him he suffers from an illness that is making him weaker by the day?,” says Santosh as his desolate cries slip into sudden silence.
Santosh sold the only source of income and is at a dead end nowSantosh has sold his auto, which was his only source of income. He has borrowed more than 3 lakh so far and is drowning in debt. Hospital visits have come to mean that he can’t earn every day anymore. His wife, Mary, who suffers from poor health, is in a state of shock. I’m at a loss for words when 3-year-old Justin asks me when his brother is coming back.
How can you helpSantosh, earning around Rs 6000 a month, hardly manages to help his family sustain. He has sold his auto, which was his only source of earning. This, alongside the hospital visits, have come to mean he can't earn the little money he did and needs to borrow from friends to make ends meet. Having spent more than Rs 4 lakh so far, he is neck-deep in debt. He has exhausted his funds midway through the treatment and needs 9 lakh to prevent cancer from taking Anton's life.
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