Rare Cancer Is Coursing Through 15-Year-Old Army Aspirant, You Can Help Him Make It Through | Milaap

Rare Cancer Is Coursing Through 15-Year-Old Army Aspirant, You Can Help Him Make It Through

“I’ve never known my son to be weak. He is wise and mature beyond his age. He often told us that he would work hard to give us a better future. We’re not well off, and there are times where we struggled, but Sumit couldn’t sit by while we did anything and everything to make ends meet. He would even sell pani puri in the village after class to help us. But looking at him now, so frail and thin, lying on this hospital bed - the thought of losing my sweet boy to a disease like this is killing me…” - Usha, mother

He had recurring high fever, and low WBC levels

A month ago, 15-year-old Sumit ran a high temperature that lasted days. His worried parents took him to a local doctor, at first, who was able to treat him. But only days later, his fever returned. This time, he was asked to get blood tests done and they found out that his white blood cell count was low.

The doctor said he would need a blood transfusion, and we didn't think there was much to worry about. He seemed much better after that, but it didn’t last long, and the cycle repeated. His temperature spiked yet again and he also had severe stomach pains. I knew then that something had to be off for him to keep falling sick like this - I just wasn’t expecting to learn that it was blood cancer...” - Usha

He suffers from a rare cancer, and also underwent an appendicitis surgery

Sumit was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia called Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APML). Immature abnormal white blood cells, called promyelocytes, accumulate in the bone marrow and inhibit normal cell production. As a result, it reduces the number of blood cells in the body.

Soon after his diagnosis, Sumit started receiving chemotherapy to treat his cancer. But amid his treatment, he was found to have appendicitis and had to undergo a surgical removal of his appendix. He is currently in recovery, and his chemotherapy had to be put on pause for the time being.

He wants to serve the country, but cancer could destroy his dream

The events unfolding over the past month have taken a huge toll on Sumit. Looking at his condition, his parents have withheld his diagnosis from him, in the fear that it would do more harm to his mental health than it already has. Sumit greatly aspires to join the army, and he worries that his illness might put an end to that dream before he has even had the chance to live it.

They’ve spent all they had on their son’s treatment, they have nothing left

Hailing from a remote village in Maharashtra, Dinkar and Usha, are daily-wage labourers that toil away on fields and earn their daily bread. Their monthly earnings amount to about INR 10,000, which is barely enough for the 4-member family to get by. They are already neck-deep in debt having borrowed money from relatives and friends and even availed loans. INR 8.5 lakhs is an impossible amount for them to arrange.

“We’ve spent every single rupee we had so far on my son’s treatment, and now I have nothing! While my wife has stayed beside my son, I have been working relentlessly so I can meet his medical expenses. But I know that I can never earn that much in this lifetime. I am at a dead end right now, and I don’t know what to do. My son is fighting for his life, and I’m failing to save him.” - Dinkar, father

All these parents want is to save their son from the grips of a rare blood cancer that threatens to take his life. Your contributions can help them immensely, and give them their healthy son back. Click here to donate.
Patient Sumit Gaikwad is 15 years old, living in Chandrapur, Maharashtra
Being treated in HCG NCHRI, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Receiving Chemotherapy treatment for Aplastic Anemia

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