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A Cancerous Tumour Has Been Growing In This Boy’s Body For 5 Years, His Mother Is Now Struggling To Save Him

Until 6 months ago, Deekshith showed no sign of any pain. His days went on just as they always did – school, homework and then cricket with his friends.  He was active, bright and never missed a day of school. But as their life went on, rather normally, a cancerous tumour was growing in 9-year-old Deekshith, completely unaware to them. “They told us that the tumour in his body has been growing for 5 years now, but he didn't show any symptoms. If only we knew earlier, maybe he wouldn't be in so much pain now,” Kusuma says, tearing up.

Praises pour in for Deekshith at school – he’s a model student

Kusuma works as a helper in the school that Deekshith studies at in Kumbalgodu, Karnataka. All the teachers in the school always tell her that he’s the smartest in the class and the first to answer all the questions. Kusuma couldn’t have been prouder of her son.

“He’s only in class 4, but he says that when he grows up he wants to be a manager one day. He says he wants to be a ‘big man’ and make us proud.” – Kusuma, mother. 

However, six months ago, Kusuma noticed swelling in Deekshith’s stomach. He said it hurt a little bit, but he insisted on going to school anyway. ‘It’s nothing amma,” he said and waved her goodbye.

His cancer was detected 6 months ago, shattering their lives 

Deekshith’s swelling only got worse. The pain increased, and he got weaker. When his parents finally took him to Bangalore for tests, they were told that he has a cancerous tumour in his left kidney (Wilm’s tumour), and it was very serious. They were shocked to find out that it had been growing inside his body for 5 years. “I wish there was some way we could’ve found out earlier,” Kusuma laments. His left kidney can't be saved, but he has a chance to fight the disease – Deekshith was immediately started on chemotherapy.

The diagnosis in the midst of a financial crisis has made it difficult for his parents to continue treatment

Deekshith now needs to continue chemotherapy and have surgery, but his parents can’t afford it. Kusuma’s income as a helper is just about enough to afford their daily meals. Shivananda repairs TVs for a living and makes Rs. 500 in 2-3 days, but only when there’s work. With an increasing number of people opting for LCD TVs, he’s running out of work.

“My husband had decided that it was time for him to look for a new job, but just then, we found out Deekshith has cancer. Now, all we do is try and find a way to continue his treatment. We’ve already borrowing 70,000 as a loan.” – Kusuma

Deekshith can only survive with your help

Deekshith can get better with chemotherapy, but his parents and doctors efforts will be in vain if he can’t continue the treatment. Their dire lack of funds stands in the way of his complete recovery. Deekshith is their only child. He is brave and resilient, but he needs your help to make it out of this, victorious.

Deekshith can beat cancer and go back to school with your help.

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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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