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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

4-year-old blood cancer patient needs a helping hand

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, November 18, 2013
First Published: 19:49 IST(18/11/2013) | Last Updated: 19:51 IST(18/11/2013)

Four-year-old Heena does not know the bitter truth that she is suffering from deadly leukemia (blood cancer) since her birth. She was admitted to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on October 3, when her parents, who were earlier unaware about the disease, were shocked to learn about her medical condition. Heena's family needs financial help for her to survive.

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The girl's father Surinder Pal, a resident of Hakumatpur village in Hoshaipur district, works as daily wager and does not have sufficient money for her treatment.

The cost of treatment for blood cancer is very high, which the family cannot afford. "Lack of funds is the main problem in the treatment of my daughter, otherwise, she can be cured in the state," Surinder said. 

He added that doctors have told them to arrange at least Rs. 4 lakh if they want to continue her treatment, which may take a period of three years.

Talking to HT, Dr Ram Marwaha, who is treating Heena at PGIMER, said it may take up to three years to cure the girl. "The treatment is quite costly," he added.  

Surinder added that he was unable to bear expenses of his daughter's treatment as his monthly earnings were less than Rs. 3,000.

He said he had been visiting PGIMER since last month to take care of Heena and had not been doing any work though there was no other breadwinner for the family. He said his wife Manjeet was with Heena at PGIMER to take care of her.

Surinder added that doctors have already told that if the treatment is discontinued, there will be a threat to Heena's life.

Pal said he had also applied for Rs. 1.5 lakh financial help from the Punjab government under the Mukh Mantri Cancer Raahat Kosh scheme but it will take some time for the grant to come.

Surinder had requested to the public and other social organisations, which were working for the cause of such children, to come forward with financial assistance for the treatment and donate generously for her survival.

Anyone who wants to help him in can contact Surinder Pal on his mobile number 7355043309.

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