It takes a team to survive cancer!

Story of how Alhan Sayed is getting better every day.

This is as much as the story of 4-year-old Alhan Sayed, diagnosed with B-Cell ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia), as it is of his mother, Shahjahan Sayed. To survive cancer, one needs the combined efforts of a team of medical specialists, the primary caregiver, and the patient.

The emotional and physical demands of cancer can take their toll on both the patient and the caregiver. Understandably, Shahjahan was heartbroken with her son’s diagnosis, and that was coming in the way of following Alhan’s prescribed diet. Karishma, our nutritionist at Wadia Hospital, says, “When Alhan started developing chemotherapy-related side effects, his mother started visiting us regularly. After we intervened, the child’s side effects resolved, and she gained confidence and trust in the benefits of nutrition.”

Shahjahan adds, “When my child was very sick and couldn’t consume food orally, Karishma’s counselling helped, and I regained trust in how nutrition can be beneficial in his treatment.” Unfortunately, Shahjahan’s family lost their only source of income during the pandemic. Still, she could provide her son with a well-nourished diet as part of the Cuddles Supplement, In-Meal and Ration Programs that you so generously support.

“I am thrilled how Alhan’s health has improved since November 2020. He is very fond of the nutritionists and makes it a point to meet them every time he visits the hospital. This special relationship is the reason I am confident about my son’s health,” says Shahajan.

It will take time before Alhan is declared a cancer survivor, but thanks to your support, he is well on his way despite a shaky start. You are helping us make a difference in the lives of kids like Alhan.

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