My name is Vishnu Ram and I am the first generation from my entire family to start a life in Bangalore. Even though it's a small chawl, looking back at how we've made it happen, I feel satisfied. Family is everything, I’ve learned this from my parents who brought us up in a small room in Dharavi. When I saw my father struggling to pay our basic expenses, I dropped out of college in 1989 and started working to support him. During my teens, I handled our small shop and also made it a point to have enough money to buy idli batter for my mother so she can run an idli stall. I kept searching for new job opportunities and ways to increase our family income. My responsibilities started increasing when my sister’s husband passed away. He was survived by 3 daughters. I told my sister, I would take care of them like my own daughters. Today they are all married and comfortably settled. Going an extra mile never seemed like an obligation because I grew up watching my parents do it with a smile on their face.
On 27th December 2017, my daughter Krithika was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as blood cancer. I was devastated but now I get the courage to fight it from the way my daughter handles this disease the world dreads. Krithikai has faced 8 chemotherapy rounds, she’s the bravest child I’ve seen in the hospital. During the initial tests, my daughter had been given anesthesia and when its levels were dropping I heard her faintly say, ‘Muhje kuch nahi hoga.’ The way she motivates herself leaves me surprised every time. I've come to understand my daughter better. With every round of chemotherapy, I've seen her will to conquer the disease get stronger.
Doctors have said that she’ll need 9 more rounds to beat blood cancer. As she’s going strong, I’m struggling to pay off her piling bills. I need a staggering Rs. 45 lakh to bring her out of this ailment. This cost could also escalate if she’s recommended a bone marrow transplant. Despite taking help from friends and relatives, I haven't been able to manage the treatment cost. I work at a restaurant as a cashier and earn Rs. 12,000 in a month. After selling off gold and the bits-&-pieces of what we used to own, we managed to pay off Rs. 3,00,000. I run this home with a family of 7 members. It's been really hard as we’ve never dreamt an amount like Rs. 45 lakh in our lifetime.
As the days are passing, we are in the hope that she’ll recover, however our financial condition is a hurdle. Mahalakshmi is currently at home and she only visits the hospital for her chemotherapy rounds. In order to make her feel better, my wife and I have teamed up to give her food that could cheer her up.
Krithika’s school principal recently visited her at the hospital and assured her that she could give her board exams during July if she beats the ailment. I’ve faced every type of financial crisis in my lifetime, however this is one crisis where I don’t want to be that father who’s unable to pay for his daughter’s medical bills. Please help me support the rest of her treatment, she really wants to appear for her examinations and I really want to see her shine. If God is with us, we'll celebrate two victories together.