Yuktha, 12, is the elder daughter of Prema and Chandra. She claims her 2-year-old brother is a complete brat and she loves to read out stories to him. This family of four lives in a rented house in the by lanes of Ganganagar, Bangalore. Chandra is a sales executive at Pallavi Enterprises in Rajajinagar, earning a salary of 12,000 per month. Yuktha’s parents had a simple dream for her, to give her a childhood she deserves. “We have always stretched ourselves whenever our kids were involved. Be it books, clothes or their birthday gifts. But this year, it broke our heart to see Yuktha spend her birthday alone. She did not want to be seen by anyone. The last time I remember her being excited was for the Christmas celebrations last year; which eventually became her last day of school," Chandra recalls the day it all began.
"I got a call from the headmistress saying Yuktha has collapsed."On December 24, 2015, Yukta was running a mild fever. Yet, she insisted on going to school to be part of the Christmas celebrations. School was closing for winter holidays the following day. Little did she know that it might be her last day to school for a while.
Since then, Dr Rasmi became Yuktha’s guardian angel and her role model. “Her hemoglobin levels were low. So it took good two weeks to bring it back up with blood transfusions and diet. They cannot start chemo sessions with low RBC count. So we have been able to finish only two sessions so far. The treatment took a while to work. The initial month, she had become too weak to walk. She had to be carried around”, Chandra said. The first month of treatment costed them about Rs 6 lakhs. Each time she falls sick in between sessions, they need to spend about an additional 1-2 lakhs.