“Papa, when I grow up, I will buy this Lamborghini (holding out a poster) and take you out for a ride.”
Despite knowing that his son Adhiraj loves cars, Sanjay was perplexed upon hearing these words from him. Not because he’d never heard that word before, but because he didn't expect a 7-year-old to have such aspirations. Adhiraj was like that. One moment he was a hyperactive child making funniest of faces and the very next moment he’d say something wise to belie his age. But all this seems to be in the distant past now. Forget his aspirations, even his hearty laughter seems to have vanished into thin air. Cancer does that to a person. But thankfully, there is hope for Adhiraj and for every cancer patient out there.
In November last year, Adhiraj complained of pain in the back. All of his test reports were normal, but Adhiraj’s pain increased in intensity and reached a point where Adhiraj started walking with a hunch and gradually lost mobility in the right leg, leaving him bed-ridden. After a series of advanced tests, the doctors found that Adhiraj suffers from blood cancer(Acute lymphoblastic leukemia) and the cancer cells have affected his central nervous system(CNS). This meant that Adhiraj faced paralytic symptoms. Due to a loss of sensation in the lower body, he’d lost his ability to control his bowel movement and the passage of urine. He also started to lose his hearing power. Even worse, his platelet and white blood cell (WBC) count dropped to dangerously low levels, putting him at risk of life-threatening infections.
“On the days Adhiraj is not feeling down due to the heavy medication, he would cover his head with a blanket pretending to be a seer and prompts me to ask anything. I would ask, “Baba, my child is not able to walk, when will he walk again?” “Soon, very soon”, he would reply while stretching his feet out to get a tickle from me. I control my tears to not spoil such rare moments of peace and comfort for him. Why does an innocent child have to suffer like this?”
Just 22 weeks into the therapy, Sanjay has expended all his funds and has no means left to continue Adhiraj’s treatment. Sanjay is a teacher and earns Rs. 20,000/month.
“Being a teacher, I understand the value of a good education. Besides teaching at school, I used to take tuition classes at home so that I earn enough to provide my children with the best education. Not even in my dreams had I thought that my entire savings will get exhausted in just 7 months. Now I have to make a choice between paying for my daughter’s school fees and my son’s treatment. I am failing my kids and it breaks my heart.”
Since January, Sanjay is on a leave without pay due to the ongoing treatment in Mumbai. The additional expenses of staying in Mumbai and a separate medical regimen besides the main therapy for all the complications that Adhiraj suffers have bankrupt Sanjay financially. He still needs to arrange Rs. 9 lakhs
to complete the 52-week therapy to ensure that all the progress that doctors and Adhiraj have made does not go in vain.
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Stopping the therapy at this juncture would close the door on Adhiraj’s recovery and crush the family’s hope after putting up a great fight.Your support is the family’s only hope. Please contribute generously towards Adhiraj’s cancer treatment.
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After consulting the doctors in his hometown Jabalpur, Adhiraj was admitted to
Sushrut Hospital, Mumbai in January 2019,
where the doctors started a 52-week therapy (chemotherapy) to treat him
. He is responding brilliantly to the treatment, as the sensation in his leg has returned and he could slowly start to crawl on his knees.