“He has stopped talking to his mother completely. He doesn’t even want to answer her phone calls. He hardly ever talks to me now. He just sits on his own or lies down - tears streaming down his eyes. The sight breaks my heart. My son is fighting with deadly cancer, he needs an urgent bone marrow transplant. That’s his only hope but I don’t know if I can save him…,” - Yash, 18-year-old Vansh’s father.
In 2013, when Vansh beat cancer, his parents, Yash and Geeta were the happiest. Even though it involved a lot of struggle, the family was finally able to save their son.
But their happiness vanished when a couple of months ago Vansh started getting sickVansh is an avid Kabaddi player in his village in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. He loved playing with his friends and during one such match he sensed his head was aching. It got so bad that he had to stop playing and go back home.
“I thought it was the scorching heat that caused the pain. But soon he started complaining about a severe chest pain. Doctors first thought it was COVID-19 and then they thought it was tuberculosis. But then it was neither. After a couple of other tests, we got the shock of our lives. Vansh’s cancer was back!” - Yash.
This time only a bone marrow transplant can save himVansh has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last couple of months. It’s slowly making him better but what he actually needs is an urgent bone marrow transplant. His elder brother, Vishal is his donor but the transplant would cost 8 lakhs.
“I am only a farmer - I don’t have savings, I don’t earn much. And on top of that, I had begged and borrowed from everyone I knew last time. There’s nothing more I can do, no one else I can turn to for help. You’re my only hope now,” - Yash.
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