Ramakoti's parents were shattered when their son was first diagnosed with cancer
Ramakoti with his mother and older brother Gopal
All cancer patients need to keep getting follow up tests to measure relapse. Ramakoti had just finished four years of being cancer free. One more year and he could breathe easy – because he had heard that the chances of relapse become smaller after that.
“After he got better, he became his normal self again. He was always a strong and quiet person. The one year of chemotherapy really made him very wise at a very young age. He had completely recovered – regained weight, grown back his hair and grew tall. We thought it was over,” says Gopal, Ramakoti's older brother.
Despite doing everything right, Ramakoti's cancer relapsed
Gopal is still studying and he's hoping to find a job soon that will help with Ramakoti's treatment
“He is very calm and does everything the doctors ask him to do. Even now, the rest of us are worried sick because chemotherapy is not enough and he needs a bone-marrow transplant. But he continues to remain calm,” Gopal explains.
This is Ramakoti's last chance of beating cancer and getting better
“My husband earns Rs 200 per day. How we will arrange for 20 lakhs is something we don't know. We want to do everything we can to save our son, but we lie awake every night thinking of how we can arrange for treatment and what will happen if we can't,” explains Ramakoti's mother.