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Father of minor battling blood cancer cries for help

Written by: Staff

Varanasi, Aug 30 (UNI) A hapless father here has made a fervent call for public help to save the life of his six-year-old son, battling blood cancer.

Six-year-old Rajan, the only son of landless labourer Bachau Ram Rajbhar of Sathwa village here, has been admitted at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) hospital for treatment of acute Leukaemia.

The doctors treating the minor at the pediatric ward of the hospital say his treatment, which costs several lakhs of rupees is only possible at specialised centres in New Delhi or Mumbai.

''Rajan, who has been admitted for the second time after being diagnosed for the fatal ailment in July, is only being administered symptomatic treatment for acute Leukaemia. The specialised treatment is only possible at centres in New Delhi and Mumbai like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),'' maintained S Choodamani Gopal, Chief Medical Superintendent of BHU hospital.

''The rightful diagnosis of the Leukaemia sub-type and its treatment through combination of drugs to be followed by stem cell therapy or Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) is best possible at centres like AIIMS, though at a cost running into several lakhs of rupees,'' she added.

Faced with the deteriorating health of the brother of two sisters, Neha and Anjani, their father Bachau showed his inability to get his son treated in New Delhi or Mumbai, owing to paucity of resources.

''Humlogon ke pas roj ke khane ke liye to paisa hai nahi, to apne laal ko bachane ke liye lakhon rupye kahan se layein (We do not have even enough to eat, from where should I manage lakhs of rupees for the treatment of my son),'' said the helpless father breaking into tears.

He has been running from pillar to post to seek financial help to save his son from the dreadful ailment, but to no avail.

''I have been searching for someone, who can take me to Uttar Pradesh Minister Virendra Singh, who is also our representative in the Vidhan Sabha,'' said Bachau.

The residents of Sathwa village recently pooled some money for the treatment of Rajan, but it was too little compared to the whopping cost involved for the treatment of the minor.

''I can only pray to god to save my son's life, which looks difficult,'' he added.

The pessimist father, however, could take heart from the BHU hospital Medical Superintendent who says that Leukaemia, unlike many other forms of blood cancer is curable. ''Survival rate of leukaemia patients is about 20 per cent, but only through specialised and costly treatment ranging upto two and a half years,'' Dr Gopal added.

''From the kind of media attention that Rajan is drawing, we are optimistic that he could be a lucky patient of Leukaemia, through timely help from various quarters,'' she said, adding that annually 15 to 20 children afflicted with the disease were reported at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) A P Singh said neither BHU nor Rajan's father have so far approached the district authorities for help. ''If they approach us in this regard, we will immediately refer the matter to state government through District Magistrate for the necessary financial help,'' Dr Singh, said.

The Mahamandleshwar of Kailash Mutt (Nasik), Swami Sambidanand Saraswati, meanwhile today promised an immediate cash help of Rs 5,000 for Rajan, besides, announcing meeting the cost of entire treatment, if the minor was admitted at any of the specialised hospitals in Maharashtra.


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