"I worked as a peon, while my wife stayed at home and took care of our 2 kids. We had a simple life and things were great. But after 6 years, when my third child Aayush was born, things changed drastically. Our expenses increased, and my meagre salary wasn't enough for the 5 of us. We started struggling for each meal.
It was at that time that my mother-in-law offered to adopt Aayush, to ease our financial burden. We didn't want him to live like this -- we let him go, so that he could have a better life.
He went to stay in another town and we'd only be able to meet him 3-4 times a year -- it was heartbreaking. But he was such a happy child. He'd never complain about anything. Each time we'd meet he'd always give us so much love, and make sure to tell us everything about his life.
I kept saving up, to bring him back home soon. We took him to a hospital but they didn't have enough facilities, so we went to another one and there they asked us to do a blood test. That's when we were told that Aayush had blood cancer.
His treatment started immediately, and I paid for it from my savings. I had to quit my job to take care of him and the hospital bills kept increasing. But that's when my brother-in-law helped us raise funds, from friends and family.
After a year and a half, Aayush was finally cured of cancer. We had only just breathed a sigh of relief, when he got a fever again. This time his fever was at 107 -- he was barely conscious. He was rushed to the ICU but it was too late. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called guillain-barré syndrome. His body went into a state of paralysis and they had to keep him on a ventilator.
He used to tell his grandmother that he wanted to grow up and be 'intelligent' so that he could earn enough just to help his parents...If I don't get the money, he'd have gone without knowing what it's like to stay with your parents, to have them love you and guide you through life. So I'm going to put in my all to make sure that doesn't happen."
Humans of Bombay, Fb
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