My only child Divyani, who turned 5 few months back had some dents in her cheeks. I took her to a nearby hospital and the doctors suggested me to get her lab reports. We carried out all the blood tests as per recommended and to our dismay, we received a report of her having cancer cells in her blood. Until that day, I had never even heard about blood cancer. I was only aware of the fact that cancer is a deadly disease. The world stopped for a second around me and as a natural reaction I started crying. However, the doctor consoled me that it was a first stage cancer and was curable.
Then and there, I knew that the cure for this disease would cost more money than I could ever imagine to earn in my life. I wonder why god adds salt to the injury of poors only. My husband is a driver and supplies drinking water to the people inside Kathmandu valley and I am a house-wife. I wonder how and from where we will collect that big a sum to treat her.
It has already been a month since we admitted her here at Kanti Children Hospital. We have somehow managed to do the first phase of chemotherapy. A lot of helping hands from different schools and organisations are trying to approach us and also have been helping us with their generosity. I hear some youths are launching campaigns and are getting help for us. I have been positive hearing about things like that but a mother never wants her child to leave this world, that too such a small child who does not even know what life really is. If it was in my hands and will, I would make her normal overnight and gift her her own life. I have been told that there are a handful of people in society with good money who want to help people like us but I don’t know where and if they will help me. Will you help my voice reach them? Their small support can be of great help to me and my little child.
(Durga Khadka, 33, Kathmandu, Nepal)
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