Dad made our childhood magical
Asha with her father Rangaiah
I was married off very young and had a tough time adjusting. Mother asked me to adjust and keep quiet. My father on the other hand, reassured me that no matter what happened he was there. I would always have a home. It is this thought that gave me strength. I called him every day during that difficult time.
Tragedy struck us a year after my marriage. My mother Rukmini, developed a tumour in her brain and even got a stroke. The doctors told us that we should make the most of the time she had left. But, like a God, a doctor appeared in our lives and took on her case which nobody else would touch.
I was married and my brother was very young. So my father took voluntary retirement and funded the operation with his pension. For that one operation – he sold off our house and used up all of his pension. We had nothing left. His family's health and well-being first and foremost in his mind.
My mother's tumour unfortunately grew back twice, but somehow we managed. We managed to give our mother the operations that would save her life. But the stress took a toll on my father.
We didn't realise how sick he was for almost a yearIn his typical way – he kept asking us not to worry. Kept telling us and himself that he would be fine. My brother quit his studies, because he knew Dad could not do this any more. He took up a part time night job at a call centre to make some extra money and helped Dad in the morning.
It breaks my heart to see Dad – playful, happy, energetic – be reduced to someone who is filled with guilt for being a burden. Even when he finally fainted out of being sick – with his stomach and legs swollen – he kept apologising for making us run around at night.
Me and my brother were told that we would lose a parent a second time
When he heard that he will get a part of my liver – he started crying for the pain it would cause me. He'd rather spend his last few days making us happy and laughing with us. So we'd have happy memories for the future. What he doesn't understand is – for all three of us – there is no future without him.
We can't even handle our mother without him. Our family will lose its fulcrum. It will break my mother, and my brother and I will be orphaned. I need him to face my future. If we can just save him, we will have the strength for anything.
Please help my father
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