With No Money To Afford His Treatment, These Parents Are Struggling To Save Their Son From Cancer | Milaap

With No Money To Afford His Treatment, These Parents Are Struggling To Save Their Son From Cancer

For over a month now, Parvathi and Shekar have spent their nights staying wide awake beside their ailing son. Their child is dying right in front of their eyes, and they're filled with frustration and agony, not having the means to save him. The thought alone is enough for Parvathi to let out the sobs that she had been trying to hold back.

5-Year-Old Chandira Shekar suffers from T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, an aggressive form of leukemia or blood cancer. The only way he can recover from this dreadful disease is intensive chemotherapy for a period of 6 months.

This disease kills people, I don't want to lose my son

It all started pretty recently, when Chandira toppled off a chair while he was playing, and the impact formed a clot on his leg. The dark bruise showed no signs of healing and in addition to this, his parents noticed a small lump on his back, and the back of his head. Only days later, Chandira started displaying more severe symptoms like breathlessness and heart palpitations. Scared out of their wits, his parents gathered whatever money they had and immediately took him to a hospital in Bangalore.

His fever had spiked up and would keep fluctuating for the next few days. So he would be in and out of the ICU. Chandira underwent some tests, and we were told his white blood cell count was high. I am uneducated and I had no idea what that meant, but it did strike fear in me. I just begged them to help my child. I felt so helpless - I didn’t know what was causing him so much pain, neither did I know what to do. It was only last week that the doctor told us that my son has cancer... I may not know much, but I do know that this disease kills people and I don’t want to lose my little boy” - Parvathi, mother

He needs prolonged chemotherapy to make it through

As soon as he was admitted at the hospital in Bangalore, the little boy underwent dialysis to stabilize his condition. He also had to be administered two blood transfusions.

This disease is aggressive and progresses rapidly. Seeing that he is only a small child, Chandira is a high-risk patient. But what he needs to beat this cancer is 6 months of intensive chemotherapy, of which one cycle has already been administered.

Only a daily wage labourer, his father is struggling to afford his treatment

Hailing from a small village along the outskirts of Tamil Nadu, the family’s breadwinner, Shekar, is a daily wager. His livelihood depends on little odd jobs, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even that has become scarce. Having used up everything they had and even sold their farmland, they have no way to afford the rest of their son’s treatment.

“The doctor recommended that we find a place nearby so we can be closer to the hospital, but the rent is so expensive.. I have spent over 4 lakhs already in the span of just a month... Now where do I get another 8 lakhs from? I am also constantly worried about our two daughters who have been left all alone back in our village, with no one to look after them. I need your help desperately. Please help me save Chandira!” - Shekar, father

At 5-years-old, Chandira is battling for his life, which he has barely had the chance to live. He wants to grow up and become a police officer one day. Your contribution can save this child, and turn his dreams into reality. Help Chandira win this fight against cancer. Click here to donate.
Patient Chandira Shekar is 5 years old, living in Bengaluru, Karnataka
Being treated in St. JohnS Medical College Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Receiving Chemotherapy treatment for T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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