A fever that drained all his energy
“We knew from the beginning that this was not a normal fever because Ishan behaved differently; he looked really weak. He was also vomiting a lot and had loose motions. My vivacious son, who filled any room with his charm, had become dull. In just a few hours. When we took him to the doctor first, they said it was nothing to worry about and gave us medicines. But the fever persisted and we had to get him admitted twice in two weeks,” says Sandeep, his father.
The next few days were extremely trying for the entire family. Ishan had become pale and famished. He lost interest in playing and eating food. Most importantly, he had started complaining of joint pain. That was when Sandeep realized that something had to be done – he sensed that his son’s health was depleting and was determined to do anything to find out why.
He, along with his wife and son, travelled all the way to West Bengal from their small town in Bihar. It was at a hospital in West Bengal that Sandeep found out that his son’s haemoglobin count was very low.
“A blood transfusion was done immediately. We were very scared. We knew something was wrong but never imagined that it would be something so serious. Our Ishan, who absolutely hates hospitals, had tubes injected in his veins. His pleading and cries of pain haunt me even now. It is not easy for a father to helplessly watch his child suffer,” shares Sandeep.
Ishan is too small to fight such a big disease, but he's smiling through the painWhat really broke Sandeep’s heart was when the doctors advised that Ishan undergo a bone marrow test. He knew in his heart that something awful was looming large over his only child and he had to do something about it. The family then travelled to Bengaluru where Sandeep’s worst fears were confirmed: Ishan had acute blood cancer.
“He was started on chemotherapy immediately. There was no time to waste. We could not take any chances. I knew in my mind that we cannot bear the costs of treatment, but we went ahead with it. He is my only child and I love him more than anything in the world,” he says, adding that, “Ishan has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last two months. He looks frail, has lost all his hair, but there is something that remains constant: the smile on his face. “Nobody can wipe that cheerful smile off his face. Not you, not me, not even cancer. My child is a warrior and I am sure he will beat cancer.”