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"I don't know much about what cancer is but I can feel the pain inside me seeing what my baby goes through. He has so many ulcers in his mouth that he keeps crying when he is being fed with tubes. When his eyes full of tears look into mine, I pray to God to never let any mother be as helpless as I am. I can't even wipe his tears or tell him his Ma will not let anything happen to him because the truth is far from that."
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All the nurses know Shivtej as the quiet kid. They have never heard him say more than a word but they have heard his cries in the hospital. Nothing makes him happy - no cartoons, no playroom toys or even chocolates. He silently takes every medicine he is asked to. Those tubes through his nostrils are the only way to feed him now. He is so young but he understands everything, seeing the kids around him dealing with the same thing.
Few months ago, my son was getting regular fever. Initially, we took him to local doctor and medicines were given for viral fever. There was no improvement in his fever. One day I rushed from the fields when my neighbour came to inform me that Shivtej had fainted. We then got to know that his blood levels had dropped extremely low. Luckily, my wife and I had the same blood group so we could immediately give him blood. Still it took him 5 hours to regain his consciousness.
Further tests revealed that Shivtej actually has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Blood cancer) and low haemoglobin and continuous fever were just few of its symptoms. Soon, he started losing balance while walking and frequent diarrhoea made him very weak. Doctors suggested chemotherapy and other process immediately to save him. Every symptom was making it difficult for my son to deal with his chemotherapy and he needs to undergo it for a whole year. But, as his parents we are unable to afford even his next injection.
I have a small piece of land where I work as a farmer. This was the only source of income, where we could make Rs.3, 000 and also take some vegetables home. The total treatment cost of Rs.6 Lakhs is a huge amount for us. We have approached CARF in this difficult time to help us save our son’s life. We request everyone to come ahead and help us save Shivtej’s life.