“My son is very ambitious. This academic year was very important to him as he was preparing for his SSLC board exams. But now, he is crying in the hospital asking us to take him back home. He says he cannot afford to miss even a day of school. He doesn’t know yet that he has blood cancer and that this will be his life for the next few months. Or worse…that this disease can take his life in the next few months.” – Gangamma, mother
They can't afford the only thing that can save him - chemotherapy
Pavan is Gangamma and Hanumanta’s eldest son. Hanumanta works as a dispatcher in a private company in Bangalore and Gangamma is a daily wager. The family’s financial condition has worsened in the last 15 days since they had to take their son from one hospital to another because of his relentless fever and body ache. They have already spent 3 lakhs on his tests and treatment, they need 10 lakhs more for his chemotherapy – the only thing that can save him. But they just can’t afford it.
Even if I save money for 5 years, I can't afford the treatment. My son doesn't have much time.
“We are just a middle-class family and how can we even afford so much money. I have already spent my 10 years’ savings plus my company’s insurance amount in just a week. Even if I collect my salary for the next 5 years, I cannot come up with 10 Lakh Rupees. How can I save my son now? I have a daughter too to think about. Can a father’s state get more miserable than this?” – Hanumanta, Father
Pavan has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a type of blood cancer. He needs to undergo intensive chemotherapy for the next 6-7 months.