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This Nine Year Old Is Battling Cancer As His Family Watches Helplessly

A month before his final exams, Tanish dropped out of school.

A typical Indian middle class family:

Tanish’s father Srinivas Rao is a service engineer at LG, Vijayawada. His mother is a housewife. They have a daughter- Pujitha, who is 6.5 years old. It was a small and happy family.

How it all began:

It all started in March 2017, when Tanish came down with a high fever. Since it didn’t go away, Tanish’s parents took him to a doctor in Vijayawada. After blood tests, Tanish was diagnosed with typhoid and doctors prescribed him antibiotics for the same. Despite the medicines, Tanish’s blood count was low. The doctors had no idea what was wrong. They discharged Tanish, and told him to come for a follow up 18 days later.

On the 17th of April, Tanish’s parents took him to Manipal Hospitals in Vijayawada. A bone marrow test was performed- without anesthesia. Tanish was diagnosed with leukemia- as his shocked parents listened on.

His parents were unaware of the seriousness of the disease:

Tanish’s father is a service engineer at LG and his mother is a housewife. They were unaware of the specific details of Tanish’s illness. At the advice of the doctors, they moved the child to Yashoda Hospitals in Hyderabad.

After a second bone marrow test, doctors prescribed him with ETP-ALL, a rare form of leukemia. Tanish started chemotherapy and antibiotics immediately. The only treatment, doctors said, was high dose chemotherapy, followed by a bone marrow transplant.

A family battles to save their eldest son:

Srinivas Rao has appealed to his company for a temporary leave of absence. The family has moved to Hyderabad for Tanish’s treatment. Srinivasas is spending this month with his family, but has to report to work in July. He is extremely concerned about how he will arrange Tanish’s treatment within then.

“How is Anna feeling today, Amma?”
Pujitha is too young to understand what is wrong with her brother. She knows that he has fever and is in the hospital. She has visited him twice, but does not know that anything is seriously know. All she knows is that her brother hasn’t played with her for a long time…

Swathi and Srinivas manage their schedules and take turns spending time with Tanish in the hospital. Pujitha will start going to school on the 12th of June- the parents will have to juggle her school appointments along with the hospital.

How Can You Help?

Srinivas and Swathi have exhausted all their means. They have used up their life savings in an effort to save their son. They still need to raise around Rs 25 lakhs to help Tanish undergo the bone marrow transplant.

This young boy has been undergoing painful chemotherapy sessions for the past two months. No child should suffer through this severe an illness. However, you can help him get better. With a bone marrow transplant, Tanish has a chance to live a normal, healthy life- and be the mischievous boy that his parents and sister miss.