"I wish I could at least console him. He’s been tired, afraid, and in so much pain, for 3 months now. He's been fighting cancer, and he’s just 11! He barely ever stops crying, and with each day that passes... we can feel his cries getting quieter, weaker. More and more desperate.
I’m unable to afford his treatment. I’m unable to save my son’s life.
I wish I could, at the least, help him stop crying. But... I’m unable to do even that."
— Ramesh, his voice breaking
Bharath when he was younger
Usually an active young boy, Bharath had both his parents rather worried one day 3 months ago, when he said he couldn’t get out of bed. He complained of severe nausea, and over the next week the poor boy began vomiting nearly constantly. He would gag and retch so much and so violently, that it felt like every single muscle in his body was cramping all at once. His throat would feel so raw and so torn up that it seemed like it was on fire every time he even breathed.
Local doctors asked Ramesh and Srilatha to take their son to Hyderabad immediately, where he was admitted in a hospital for weeks and infection after infection ravaged his already frail body.
“At that point we still didn’t know what was happening, why he was suffering like that. We only got that answer once we brought him to Bangalore.”
‘Cancer. My 11-year-old boy has blood cancer.’
“The diagnosis had hit us like a ton of bricks. We simply didn’t want to accept it when they told us that our son may only have months, or even just weeks, left. But we had no choice; any delay in treatment would make that window of time even smaller. So we started calling every single person we knew, we begged and begged for money, and finally started his chemotherapy. Now all he needs is to stay on it, and something called a stem-cell transplant as soon as possible. With this, his recovery will continue and we get our son back. Without it... Bharath may not leave this hospital alive!”
He needs an urgent stem-cell transplant to survive
Bharath was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a rapidly progressing cancer of the blood cells. Little Bharath is constantly tired, gets frequent fevers, and has severe body aches. He's getting noticeably weaker with each passing day. He needs to continue his chemotherapy, and then get a stem-cell transplant, to get cured of his cancer. But Ramesh can't afford the expense.
'I can’t even afford food anymore; I can’t save my son’s life’
“Srilatha sleeps inside Bharath’s room, and I sleep on the floor outside... wherever I can find space. She and I only eat nowadays if someone pities us and gives us some food. I have nothing left... I’m just an auto driver. With the pandemic, we were already struggling, but over the past 3 months I’ve spent more than 4 lakhs, almost all borrowed! I’ve done everything I can, I’ve tried my best, but... my best is not enough. My son’s life is in your hands now. Please. Please save him.”