Her family struggles to save herSomitha's parents Ramu and Jyothi cannot afford their daughter's treatment. While Ramu earns wages as a labourer, Jyothi is a home-maker and ensures that she is always by Somitha's side.
"I will do anything for my daughter.I work every day, extra hours, but even that is not enough for her treatment.It is a huge amount.We want our daughter back."- Ramu, Father of Somitha
How It All HappenedThree months ago, Somitha and her older brother Anjani Kumar,14, visited their grandparents for their festival Ugadi. The family had a wonderful time together. Somitha was happy and playful the entire time. One day later, Somitha was down with a high fever. Everyone thought it was the exhaustion from running around during the festival.
When her grandparents took her to the hospital, no amount of medication reduced the fever. Somitha started undergoing multiple medical tests. 10 days later, she was diagnosed with cancer.
The family didn't have time to think, they had to get her treatedDoctors suggested that Somitha would need to be admitted at the earliest.Somitha has been undergoing treatment since, for the last 3 months at the same hospital.Her parents have paid a total of Rs.3.5 lakh for her treatment - money borrowed from a lender with interest. They do not have any more money to save their daughter. She needs to undergo chemotherapy which would cost 8- 10 lakhs for the next few months.
Somitha's Older Brother Waits For Her To Come Home
Somitha's brother, Anjani Kumar studies in the 8th standard in the same school. He doesn't speak much nowadays. His sister cannot accompany him to school and this is troubling him.
"He asks us every day about his sister. He feels responsible as the older brother. He doesn't enjoy going to school alone.He misses his sister.They are best friends," said Ramu, Somitha's father.
He understands his little sister has cancer and he cannot do anything to save her than pray for her to come back home.
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