Within just the span of a month, blood cancer has brought this precious sweetheart to her deathbed.
Unfortunately, pain and suffering are not new to little Joena
“But in one sense, that third infection gave us the chance to save Joena. We had to take her back for a follow-up visit a few days later, and it was then that a routine test showed there was something wrong with her blood. A more specialized test was done and... we found out she has blood cancer.” — Umadevi, mother
Holding her toy, she tries to be brave... but she’s still just a kid
“After she was diagnosed, I tried my best, and got her chemotherapy started. Because of how advanced the cancer was, she had to get multiple blood transfusions, and six rounds of chemo in just a few weeks instead of a few months! All those needles, the blood, and instruments. She tries to be brave, holding onto her stuffed toy wherever she goes, but sooner or later she starts crying again and it just breaks our heart! She's terrified and keeps asking us when she can go home, because her treatment has stopped. How do we tell her it’s because we can’t afford any more of it?! That if we stop trying and just take her home, she could die within just...” — Suraj, overwhelmed by tears
Suraj, a plumber, simply cannot save his little girl in time
“The 6 rounds of chemo have bought us some time, but only a week at most. Doctors are saying if her chemotherapy doesn’t resume immediately, all her suffering would have been for nothing! We need to get this cancer out while it is weak, before it gets strong again and kills my daughter! Please, help her!” — Suraj