Chandru was a quiet child as he felt inferior to other kids because of his looks. He weeps when he sees other children in the hospital because he doesn't want to be bullied.
Parents of a 5-year-old boy were left devastated after learning that their son was suffering from a rare type of cancer that made him look much older than kids his age. Growing up, Chandru was rather quiet as he felt inferior to most children in the neighborhood. He would be made fun of and bullied by others due to his appearance. Soon, he began gaining weight and his parents, mother Vennila and father Muthusamy were worried that it was a result of his unhealthy eating habits. Little did they know that their beloved son was suffering from a life-threatening illness.
When Chandru's stomach began bloating up abnormally, they thought he was simply putting on weight but then they noticed dense hair growth all over his body. Concerned about this sudden growth, Vennila and Muthusamy rushed him to the hospital and there they were delivered the most devastating news. "After a series of tests, the doctors told us that our son has cancer," said Vennila while sobbing, according to Ketto.org. Holding herself responsible for overlooking the symptoms, she continued, "I feel so guilty, I’d always tell him how he was getting fat. I wish I knew my son was suffering so much. It’s all my fault."
The boy was diagnosed with metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma, a rare type of cancer that originates in one or both of the small, triangular glands (adrenal glands) located on top of the kidney, according to Mayo Clinic. The adrenal glands are responsible for producing hormones that transmit instructions to virtually every organ and tissue in one's body. There's a chance for a cure if the cancer is found early, However, if it spreads beyond the adrenal glands, cure becomes less likely.
Chandru's parents were told that their son needs to begin chemotherapy immediately. Unfortunately, they cannot afford to pay for the expensive procedure. Currently, Chandru lies on the hospital bed and doesn't converse with anyone, not even his parents and brother. But every time he sees other kids at the hospital, he starts weeping as he fears that they would bully him for his looks.
If that wasn't enough, the boy also has to bear the pain and reductions of the chemotherapy. Being a farmer, who is not doing so well financially, Muthusamy is desperately running from pillar to post to help fund his son's life-saving treatment. According to the website, Chandru needs eight months of chemotherapy and an expensive medicine mitotane for a year. This would cost the family a staggering amount of INR 15,00,000 ($19,488.75). "That one medicine costs more than my whole year’s earnings. How will I ever be able to fund it? I have sold off everything of value I owned. I can’t afford to lose my son," expressed the anguished father.
Muthusamy, who can longer see his son in this devastating state, says he would die of guilt if he loses Chandru to this disease. "He keeps on crying. I can’t see him in such a state. His health is worsening with each passing day and there is nothing I can do to save him. I will die of guilt if something happens to him," he expressed. All the family can do now is wait and hope for a miracle. They are completely dependant on the kindness of strangers and are continuously urging them to donate whatever amount they can spare to fund Chandru's treatment. Ketto.org, an Indian fundraiser, has provided the family a platform to voice their pleas to be heard by everyone around the world. Thanks to the donations of many generous souls, they have managed to raise over Rs. 3,86,245 ($5,021.75), but still, they have a long way to go to achieve the target amount.
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