"It's not fair, you know. She has always been such a kind-hearted and well-meaning kid. Life can be most difficult to people who are good, and the circumstances that my daughter is in now proves it" - Gabriel Paul, father.
24-year-old Manisha Paul only recently completed her education. She had decided that she wanted to work and was excited at the prospect of starting work. Manisha was used to shouldering responsibilities and often took care of her younger siblings. Slowly, the family's finances were getting better until tragedy struck. In May 2017, after suffering weeks of fever and cough, Manisha was diagnosed with blood cancer. And just like that, after years and years of hard work and collected hopes, all her dreams came shattering down.
Bone Marrow Transplant Is Manisha's Only HopeManish has B-cell Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. It started a few months back when Manisha had recurring fever and shivering in her left limbs.
"We took her to a local hospital. She undertook multiple tests as nothing regarding Manisha's health seemed visibly off. But once he saw those test results, he held his head in both of his palms and asked us to immediately leave for some better and bigger hospital. That was the most scared I have been in my entire life," said Gabriel.
Manisha and her father came to Bangalore and though she is still undergoing chemotherapy once a week, the doctors recommend an urgent bone marrow transplant to save her. She is currently undergoing treatment at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, a unit of Narayana Health in Bangalore. Till she gets a bone-marrow transplant, Manisha is taking high-risk chemotherapy.
"It is difficult to see her in so much pain but what can I do? Its only way to save my daughter. She means the world to me, and her cancer seems hell-bent on taking her away. She is my hope and happiness, and with her struggling, my world seems to be crumbling around me. I miss her careless smile and sweet words. Cancer has taken it all away, leaving only hopelessness and impending hospital bills in its wake", said the father.
Manisha is her parents only support systemManisha's father, Gabriel works in the maintenance department of a private school in Tamil Nadu. He barely makes Rs 7,000 per month and has a family of five to support. Her mother Renuka is a homemaker. She has two younger sisters, both of whom are studying at present. Herself a student, Manisha only recently completed her education and started work in the same school as her fathers as a receptionist.
"She had to leave work because she was sick. We are barely able to make ends meet at present. But that is all secondary. I just want my daughter to get better. I'll work till I draw my very last breath. My only fear is that it will not be enough" said Gabriel.
A bone marrow transplant will cost Rs 10 lakhs. As of now, the family is finding it difficult to arrange anything. Manisha needs to go to Bangalore once a week for her treatment, further adding to the cost of the treatment. With only her father left to pay for the expenses, the family is looking at some terrible choices. Nothing hurts them hard as the realization that if they fail to arrange for the money, they might end up losing their beloved daughter.
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“Whatever we had and could borrow, we did it for treatment so far. My other two are still studying. Manisha was funding their education. Now she is sick and we have nothing left. We are trying our best but 10 lakhs is too huge an amount for a poor family like ours. We don't even have our own house. It is such a big amount, I am scared that I will lose my daughter," said Manisha's father.
Manisha has been a solid support for her family all her life. But now she is in a critical condition and her future is uncertain. With your help, she can survive Cancer and lead a happy and healthy life. Funds raised through her fundraiser will go towards her treatment.
The specifics of this case have been verified by the medical team at the concerned hospital. For any clarification on the treatment or associated costs, contact the campaign organizer or the medical team.
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