“Every day my son asks me ‘Baba, will my surgery happen today?’ and I have to come up with different excuses. How do I tell him that I don’t have money even to pay the registration fees of the hospital and that I am dependant on others for their mercy?” asks Bhaskar Guthe, Dipak’s father.
Dipak Guthe lives in the present. It’s not only because he is a very positive 14-year-old but because he knows that if he would live until the age of 20 if he does not get a bone marrow transplant soon. He has been struggling with a blood disorder all his life that has left little room for him to concentrate on anything but going through a day without getting too tired. Dipak’s father, Bhaskar, is a farmer in Malegaon, Maharashtra, who has been struggling to keep up with his son’s medical expenses.