With Only Rs 500 Left In His Pocket, This Father Struggles To Save His Baby From Cancer | Milaap

With Only Rs 500 Left In His Pocket, This Father Struggles To Save His Baby From Cancer

“I am unemployed and helpless. My little baby is fighting a battle against cancer and I have no means left to save him. All I have right now is...a 500 rupee note in my pocket, that’s it.”

 - Prem Shankar, the father, holding back his tears

As he puts the note back in safely, he checks his pockets again hoping to find at least a few rupees more. This father fears that he might not even be able to afford food for the night let alone his child’s cancer treatment.

The disease has already started affecting his vital organs

7-months-old Rakshit suffered from high fever and severe diarrhea. No matter how many medicines or tonics he took, there was no relief. Sonali and Prem then took him to a bigger hospital in Jaipur.

Rakshit was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, a rare type of blood cancer. It is an aggressively spreading disease that can severely damage vital organs. It has already resulted in an enlarged liver and is causing severe infection in this little boy’s body. The only cure that can save Rakshit now is a bone marrow transplant.

Even after knowing the cure, we are unable to save our baby

I have only heard about cancer from people around me, that the disease crushes the person but I never thought that my own child would have to suffer through such a horrible disease. It took us two long months to diagnose the disease and even after knowing what is wrong, even after knowing the cure, we are unable to save our baby.” - Sonali

Rakshit is Sonali and Prem’s first child. They were really happy and excited to start this new phase of their life, to become parents but now they struggle to keep him alive.

I have less than a month to save my child

“Rakshit’s transplant is scheduled to happen in the first week of September but how...how will I afford the treatment? Being a daily wage labourer, and with the ongoing pandemic, I haven’t worked in the last 4 months. I had to beg and borrow every day to afford food for my family all this while. How will I save my child like this?”

He is surviving on medications right now but soon they will be of no use. The child’s condition is already serious and each day that the transplant is delayed, Rakshit moves closer to death. The transplant will cost them 30 lakh rupees which is an impossible task for these poor parents. Please help them.


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Patient Rakshit is 7 months old, living in Jaipur, Rajasthan
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Being treated in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Receiving Bone Marrow Transplant treatment for Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia.

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