“My son - he is fighting deadly cancer at such a young age. The doctors have told us that if we don’t get him treated soon, he might not make it,” - Neetu can’t hold back her tears as she says this.
Born to them after 11 years, Shiyanshu is their miracle babyEver since their marriage, Jagadish and Neetu have dreamt of having a child. But for 11 long years, their dreams remained unfulfilled. They had almost lost hope when Shiyanshu was born to them - the couple’s happiness knew no bounds.
“Shiyanshu came to us like a miracle. We were so happy yet our happiness didn’t last for long. A few months ago, Shiyanshu started having high fever. No medicine could make him any better and then he was suffering from severe body pain. Multiple doctor visits couldn’t tell us what was wrong with my baby boy. And then I noticed a hard lump on his lower abdomen,” - Neetu.
Despite a surgery, he is not getting any betterShiyanshu underwent an immediate surgery - a cancerous tumour was growing inside his body. But even after that, the 2-year-old isn’t getting any better. He needs multiple chemotherapy sessions, radiation and even a bone marrow transplant.
“It is heartbreaking to see my 2-year-old in so much pain. And there’s nothing I can do about it - it makes me feel so helpless. He clings onto me, asking me to take him home but how do I tell him that he needs to stay in the hospital to get better?” - Neetu, mother.
I had to shut down my small shop, how will I save my son’s life?Jagadish used to run a small kirana store in Delhi. But he was forced to close this down due to the pandemic. Now there’s no source of income for the family, yet each day the hospital bills are piling up. They have already spent lakhs, yet Shiyanshu’s treatment is nowhere near over.
“The bone marrow transplant is the only way that Shiyanshu can get better now. But there’s no way I can afford it. I am looking at my son suffering each day and blaming myself. I need 25 lakhs to save his life. Please help me,” - Jagadish, father.
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