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This 5-year-old's first day at school turned tragic after his parents found out that he has cancer

It was June 1st, 2016. Little Sayed's first day in Holy Cross School, the only English medium school in Hunasikatti district of Belgaum.

"My son was going to school. I had loaned advanced wages of Rs.400 for his uniform and school bag. We could not afford English Medium fees but me and my wife were willing to take as many odd jobs as possible to afford this.", said Zainulabebin remembering Sayed's first day, "But now, that day is a reminder of the last day of seeing him healthy."

We are daily wage labourers . Sayed is our first child. We led a simple life in the small village in Belgaum. But today, we are spending nights in the hallways of pediatric floor of the hospital for our son's life.

"He came home with a fever and never went back to school since then" 

Sayed came home from school. But I had never seen my child this dull. He was running a temperature. We rushed him to local government hospital. They said it could be due to weather change and should recover in couple of days. But the fever just would not subside. Soon we took him to a bigger hospital in Hubli and the doctors confirmed my son has Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a type of blood cancer. I remember sitting in the doctor's room, holding my son tight. The fear of losing a child the scariest feeling the world.

"We wake up everyday in the fear of losing my son"

Today, Sayed needs aggressive chemotherapy sessions and a bone marrow transplant to be cancer free. He is undergoing treatment in Narayana Hrudayalaya. We have exhausted all our life savings and have managed to provide the treatment so far. But we need 20 lakhs for the transplant. There is no way my wife and I can arrange for such a large sum of funds. We lead a simple life. The monthly expenses would get squared away within our daily wages. Never had I known what a BMT meant. Let alone knowing what it costs. I don't know what to do. I have to save my son.

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Sayed is just 5 years old and has a whole life ahead of him. He is very close to getting cured and if he undergoes a transplant in coming months, he has a good chance of survival. His resilience through the painful blood transfusions and chemo sessions proof enough that he is a fighter.  Zainulabebin earns Rupees 200 a day. His wife is a home-maker and is expecting a baby in the coming months. His income is barely enough to cover his son’s everyday antibiotics. Medical expenses since June 2016 have already been a struggle. It's not easy for a parent to see his child fight complications this grave. Your support will save his 5 year old son. 

Funds collected will be transferred to the hospital towards his transplant expenses and all supporters will receive regular updates on Sayed’s progress. 

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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