One day, Humaira came running to my wife asking her to put on the pain relief oil and massage her legs. She has always been an active child, so it didn't concern me much at that point of time. But from that night onwards, she has cried everyday, complaining of unbearable pain in her hips. We switched from painkiller tablets to injections, but still my daughter didn't get any relief.
Just hearing the word 'cancer' terribly frightened this fatherFrom her MRIs to blood tests, no test could actually point out why my daughter was hurting so much. Once, I was installing CCTV in my neighbour's flat when I heard my daughter howling in pain, and my wife trying to pacify her. It was not the usual crying and I immediately decided to take a video on my phone to send to the doctor because I had never seen my daughter like this before.
"This seems something very serious, I think you need to get a biopsy to see if she has cancer", the doctor told us. Just hearing the word 'cancer' shocked me to no end, and I wondered what I would do if my daughter actually had cancer.
This little girl received a cancer diagnosis instead of gifts on Eid15 days after she underwent her tests, her reports came back from Delhi and the doctor sat me down to tell me she has been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a cancer of the bones. At that moment, I knew I couldn't go back home with these reports. Just the thought of looking into my 7-year old daughter's eyes to tell her that she had cancer was tearing me into pieces.
That day when I went home, Humaira was on her bed but her eyes lit up seeing me carry a bag. She thought I had got her a new outfit for Eid but my little daughter didn't know the painful truth those reports were hiding. When my princess said, "I know you got my favorite pink colour dress for Eid. You are the best father in the world.", I bawled my eyes out.
If her chemotherapy is delayed, her infected leg may have to be amputatedThe doctor said that Humaira has a cancerous tumour around her left hip joint. She needs to undergo treatment, that is chemotherapy, to destroy the cancerous cells before they spread and affect other parts of her body. If we delay this protocol, then chances are that her infected leg will soon have to be amputated. Hearing this, I went weak in the knees.
My daughter could lose her leg, and her life, if we don't hurry and start her with her treatment. But after spending all we could, we are totally penniless. I feel extremely anxious because I don't have any means left to arrange INR 15 lakhs for my daughter's treatment.
"My husband's job is enough only to fill our stomachs, but not treat this disease. If we aren't able to save our only child, then what's the point of living?" - Yasmin, mother
We have managed to use our house rent money to provide for 3 sessions of Humaira's chemotherapy. But that is not enough. As months pass, our daughter's cancer continues to spread at an alarming rate. We have already lost the roof over our heads, but what we are most terrified of is losing our precious daughter to this dreadful disease.
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