There were absolutely no symptoms and suddenly she was diagnosed with cancerMafidul and Rejina live in a small West Bengal town with their children Shamima (10), Masirul (5) and Mariam (2), on income from toiling in the fields. While they struggle to meet ends, this family could not be more content with what God has bestowed on them. Unfortunately, life took a turn for the worse a few months ago.
“We did not notice any symptoms until she fell near the well when trying to get water. We took her to the hospital immediately and they ran so many tests. I could not even register what the doctor was saying initially. My mind stopped working once I heard the word ‘cancer’.”
Rejina is now unable to walk and is in severe painRejina has Giant Cell Tumor which affects the bone and causes tumors everywhere. After the fall, Rejina began having severe pain and she has been unable to walk. Cancer has been slowly taking over her body and she did not even notice it until now. She has chills and shivers all day long.
“We brought her to Bangalore for treatment because we do not have good facilities back at home. The doctor said she needs a surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. I had to borrow money to book train tickets and come here. I cannot afford the treatment and I will lose Rejina if we do not start immediately.”
The children are crying to see their mother every dayMafidul works as a daily wage laborer on the farms. With Rs. 3000/month he is barely able to send his children to school. They live in a makeshift home built out of asbestos. He had to borrow Rs. 10 to Rs. 50 from every one of his friends and family to bring Rejina to Bangalore for treatment.
“We had to leave the children behind. It is hard, especially because our oldest child, Shamima knows about Rejina’s condition. She is crying everyday on the phone. Rejina has to stay here indefinitely till the treatment is over. We cannot see our children until then – whenever it is.”
How you can helpMafidul is afraid he will not be able to save his wife. Shamima and her siblings are yearning to see their mother again. Rejina is afraid that she will cause her family to beg on the streets, and worries about not having the chance to say goodbye to her children. This family is going through a lot of struggle to fund Rs. 6 Lakhs for treatment.
Your contribution is probably the only hope they have of saving Rejina.
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