“Regan is scared of hospitals and needles, but he has always been a very brave child. He laughs off all the pain and worry. The cancerous lumps in his body have now reached his lungs and the doctors have asked us to begin treatment without delay. But his Abbu doesn’t have the capacity to start his treatment.” – Mohammad Islam, father
Regan’s cancer was diagnosed late and it has now spread to his lungsRegan’s cancer was caught late because many doctors advised his parents to wait for it to get better. Unfortunately, by the time appropriate diagnostic checks were done, the cancer had already spread. Regan has Hodkin’s Lymphoma or cancer in the lymph nodes. Despite that, he has a good chance of getting better but only if his treatment begins immediately.
“When he first saw this lump on his neck six months ago, we thought it would go away. People often get lumps that get better with time, so many people advised us to wait. But in the last month, he started having constant fever and cough, and that is when we brought him to a big hospital. They now tell us he has cancer. We know nothing about this disease and have no idea where to begin, or how to start his treatment.” – Mohammad Islam
Regan’s parents have spent everything that they had saved in the last 10 yearsMohammad Islam works as a tailor for a company in New Delhi. He earns a about INR 10,000 per month. Despite eking a living in Delhi, he and his wife Nagma had put aside money as savings for their children’s future. When Regan fell sick, they had to use up all their savings to fund his medical needs. But his treatment has not yet started, and will last at least a year.
“No one in my family has the resources to help us out. Even if they want to, they can give us 10,000-20,000 rupees. I would borrow, but who will lend me the money knowing that I don’t have the capacity to pay them back? We just don’t know what to do at this point or how to save our child.” – Mohammad Islam
Not a moment can be wasted, Regan needs to start chemotherapy at the earliestRegan does not know how serious his condition is despite the pain he lives with every day. On days he feels better, he talks about going to school and shoots video blogs on his father’s mobile phone. It breaks his parents’ hearts to see their active, energetic child deal with a condition this dangerous and life threatening.
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