“Initially, he cried a lot and refused to cooperate with the doctors. But months went by, and every time another child with cancer cried in fear, he’d go tell them it would all be gone soon. He instilled confidence in them, and he stepped out of the hospital saying he’d become a doctor – an oncologist. He’d beaten his cancer; he wanted to beat everyone else’s! But after all this time, it has come back now, and he’s devastated… we all are!” – Manzurah, mother.
When he was just 8, little Sakil's life changedIn 2017, when Sakil was just 8, he suffered from a severe fever and his parents rushed him to a hospital, not knowing what was in store for them. Many scans and tests later, he was diagnosed with blood cancer.
“At the time of diagnosis, we were very ignorant. We did not know what cancer was. We did not know Sakil would have to suffer so much; or that he’d lose so many years of his life. We did not know then that cancer was capable of sending us to live on the streets, or taking lives! We sold whatever land we had, and began his chemotherapy.” – Manzurah
His cancer has now come back, stronger than beforeLittle Sakil put up with 9 months of chemotherapy, screaming and crying. But he survived and was finally declared cancer-free. Although he still couldn’t go to school, his father made up for it, by teaching him and helped him take up exams from home. But a few weeks ago, he complained of severe leg pain, and could barely walk…. Upon checking, their worst nightmare had come true. The cancer had come back!
Sakil has been admitted in the hospital and has begun treatment. He needs months of intensive chemotherapy, followed by a bone-marrow transplant. Without this, it is very difficult for him to recover from this relapsed cancer. The treatment and surgery will cost the family 28 lakh rupees.
He's suffering now, more than ever
“He’s suffering now; more than ever. With the high dosage, he’s not able to take it. He’s in too much pain, and can’t lay his feet on the ground. We carry him around everywhere.How many more times does he have to go through this? He asks us if this is how life is going to be for him… we have no answer to that!” – Manzurah
Still in debt from his medical expenses in 2017, the family is helplessWahidhar takes tuitions at home for a living and earns no more than Rs. 8,000 a month. But over the years, he’s been unable to leave his son’s side and works only when there’s time. The family is in debt from the hospital expenses in 2017, that cost them 12 lakhs. They see no way of being able to gather 28 lakhs now.
“It’s as good as being unemployed. I am not able to leave his side for even an hour. He’s scared now and he needs us to tell him he’ll be okay someday. He wants to keep hearing it. How will I afford 28 lakhs? We, as a family, have sold all we ever had! I can’t…” - Wahidhar
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