“My name is Mozammel Hoque and I am 16 years old. I have travelled 2200 km, left my parents, younger brother and sister behind, hoping to get treatment for blood cancer. The doctors back home said I may not live long if I don't get treatment. My parents could not afford it. "
"So, I decided to find a way to survive."
Mozammel misses his family very much. 2 months ago, they got the shock of their lives when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
"I had fever first. Then a stomach pain. I only told my parents when it was unbearable. I felt like like something was tearing me open. They admitted me to the hospital where we found out. I had to start treatment immediately. My relatives gifted me extra time by paying for the first cycle of chemotherapy. When that money ran out, I had to get creative." - Mozammel
"If we don't get any help this time, Mozammel cannot return home alive."Mozammel and his cousin appealed to the local newspaper. They were able to publish an article about the plight of the family, and hoped that readers would donate. Unfortunately, most readers in the region were of the same financial background. With less than 100 rupees on his hand, Mozammel left his town in Bangladesh and travelled to Kolkata.
“He was admitted for a week. The doctor told us that Bangalore is a better option. Mozammel said he would do anything it takes to survive. He feels responsible for his family and wants to stay alive for them.” - Mofiz Alamand, Cousin
"I have not spoken to them. We cannot waste even one rupee on phone calls."Mozammel’s father is a contract laborer and is the sole breadwinner of the family. Mozammel mother could not accompany him as she was required to look after his siblings. The family total income is about 6000 Rupees a month. All the funds collected have been exhausted and Mozammel is now stranded in the hospital without money.
"We cannot afford rent, or medicines or even tickets to go back home."
“The hospital staff is kind enough to keep us here. We have nowhere to go. The doctors have said that I need a bone marrow transplant to survive. It would cost 16 Lakh Rupees. We do not have money to even afford the return transport if we choose that. On the other hand, without treatment, I may not survive. I do not know what to tell my parents who are waiting for my safe return. Please, can you help me? I am not ready to die.” - Mozammel
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.
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